Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on CAte d’Ivoire

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement of the adoption of the new Constitution in Cocirc;te d#39;Ivoire by the Commission Electorale Indeacute;pendante, following the constitutional referendum, held on 30 October. He notes with satisfaction that the new Constitution addresses some of the long-standing causes of tension and divisions in Cocirc;te d'Ivoire.

The Secretary-General encourages all Ivorian parties, especially political leaders and their supporters to reject violence and refrain from the use of inflammatory and incendiary language. He urges them to resolve any differences or disputes through constitutional means and pursue a political dialogue focused on the holding of open, free and fair legislative elections in the weeks ahead.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the continued commitment of the United Nations,through his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Operation in Cocirc;te d'Ivoire, to support the consolidation of peace and stability in Cocirc;te d'Ivoire.

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.