military cooperation

The Ivorian government at the weekend in Abidjan signed an enhanced military cooperation agreement with the UN Operation in Cote d?Ivoire (UNOCI).

A statement from the Ivorian Defence Ministry said the agreement was signed by Bert Koenders, Head of the UN operation and the Ivorian Defence Minister, Paul Koffi.

It quoted the minister as describing the agreement as aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two forces towards ensuring peace in the country.

He said that the first line of the initiative involved the establishment of a sponsorship mechanism between the military units of UNOCI and the Republican Forces of C?te d’Ivoire (FRCI).

“This is to promote mutual understanding between the officers and troops, and secondly, to establish local procedures for mutual work towards facilitating joint missions and partnership.

“The second area of cooperation focuses on strengthening the training support for FRCI by UNOCI and other partners, including the French Licorne Force,?? the statement quoted Koffi as saying.

The minister said that the agreement will also provide for a special focus on training on the protection of civilians and respect for International Humanitarian Law.

It also quoted Koenders as describing the agreement as a good step towards repositioning of the FRCI for better services.

He commended the trust and good working relationship between the UNOCI and the Ivorian government.


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