The United Nations Security Council lifted its sanctions against Ivory Coast, including a weapons embargo, because of the progress it’s made in reforming the security sector.
All arms, travel and financial sanctions against the West African nation have been terminated as of Thursday, the UN said on its website. Foreign Minister Albert Toikeusse told state broadcaster RTI the decision enabled the government to “better equip the security forces.” The arms embargo was imposed in 2004 following an air raid by Ivorian forces that killed nine French peacekeepers in what the government said was an accident.
The mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission was renewed for a final period until June 2017, according to the statement. The UN deployed soldiers in 2004 to take over from a regional African force that monitored a cease-fire agreement between rebels in the north of the country and government troops in the south.