The Presidents of Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso have asked that an additional unit of up to 500 peacekeepers from Burkina Faso be added to the United Nations mission in Cote d'Ivoire to reinforce security ahead of elections intended to reunify the West African country that was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002. The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005 and continually postponed since then, most recently from 29 November, are now expected to take place in March. The Security Council would need to authorize the three-month increase in strength of the UN Operation UNOCI past its current level of 7,450. (UN News Service)

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