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UN Security Council calls for restraint throughout electoral process in Cote d'Ivoire

11-25-2010 15:02 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on relevant parties in Cote d'Ivoire to exercise restraint throughout the electoral process in the West African country.

The appeal was contained in a statement read to the press here by British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for November.

The Council president made the statement as Cote d'Ivoire's presidential hopefuls are exchanging increasingly hostile rhetoric ahead of the run-off vote on Sunday, touching off fears that violence could overshadow the entire electoral process in the country.

The 15 Council members "further urged two candidates and all political leaders to maintain a calm and peaceful atmosphere throughout the electoral process," and "to appeal to their supporters to refrain from any actions of violence, provocation and incitement to violence," Lyall Grant said.

Cote d'Ivoire's presidential elections have been delayed since 2005 due to tensions between the rebel-held north of the country and the south, which engaged in a civil war beginning in 2002.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their concern at the recent incidents in Cote d'Ivoire," the Council president said.

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