Annan urges legal reforms in Cote d'Ivoire

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for constitutional reform and disarmament in Cote d'Ivoire, urging "full and unconditional implementation" with the Linas-Marcoussis and Accra III Agreements. Under the Accra III Agreement, President Laurent Gbagbo (BBC News profile) committed to adopt several legislative reforms, including revision of Article 35 of the Constitution, which deals with eligibility to the Presidency. Annan's statement, follows Gbagbo's efforts on disarmament. Rebels in Cote d'Ivoire are refusing to lay down their weapons until legal reforms have been made. BBC News has more on Gbagbo's call for disarmament and background on the crisis. The UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire has more on the UN's involvement in the country.

 

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