Explanation of vote by Ambassador Berger on the Security Council resolution on Côte d'Ivoire
Germany also welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution and thanks France and Nigeria for their initiative on this resolution.
The rapidly deteriorating security situation in Cote d’Ivoire is highly alarming. We are deeply concerned about reports of increased fighting and violence against civilians, as well as armament and recruitment, including of mercenaries. Côte d`Ivoire is on the brink of full-scale civil war.
By adopting the resolution today, the Council has demonstrated that it is ready to act in face of the deteriorating security situation on the ground.
With this resolution, the Council sends a strong and urgent signal to Laurent Gbagbo and his entourage that their time to step aside has come, also in order to prevent further violence and to enable the start of a political process that should result in peace, reconciliation and democracy in the country.
Germany fully supports this resolution, which urges all parties to show utmost restraint and to prevent a relapse into civil war.
We commend the work of the UN Peacekeeping mission UNOCI and we encourage the Mission to make full use of its mandate provided by the Security Council to ensure, within its capabilities, the protection of civilians under imminent threat from physical violence.
We are very concerned about increasing attacks and violence committed not only against civilians but also against UN personnel. Those who commit such acts must be brought to national and international justice, including where applicable to the International Criminal Court.
Today’s resolution should not be seen as substituting a political process. We strongly welcome the efforts undertaken by ECOWAS and the African Union to seek a political situation of the crisis in concert with the Security Council. We encourage the AU and ECOWAS to redouble their efforts in finding a lasting political solution.
We are deeply concerned about continued human rights violations and the dire humanitarian situation for IDPs and refugees in Cote d’Ivoire and neighboring states, particularly Liberia. We look forward to the report of the independent international commission of inquiry, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, as well as to reports on the humanitarian situation.