Sanctions against Côte d’Ivoire lifted
Bern, 25.05.2016 - On the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2283 (2016) of 28 April 2016, the Federal Council has repealed the Ordinance on Measures against Côte d’Ivoire. The measures involved a partial embargo on armaments, as well as financial and travel sanctions. The Ordinance is repealed as of 6pm on 25 May 2016.
Following the failed putsch against Laurent Gbagbo's government on 19 September 2002 and the subsequent outbreak of civil war in the country, the Federal Council issued the Ordinance on Measures against Côte d’Ivoire, thereby implementing the UN Security Council sanctions. The Ordinance and its annex have been amended several times to take account of political developments. For example, in late 2014 the measures regarding trade in raw diamonds originating in Côte d’Ivoire were repealed. Since then, the Ordinance has covered only a partial embargo on armaments, travel sanctions and the freezing of assets.
As the political situation in the country has become less tense, and with presidential elections correctly conducted on 25 October 2015, the UN Security Council has decided to lift the remaining sanctions against Côte d’Ivoire. On the basis of the corresponding Resolution 2283 (2016), the Federal Council will repeal the Ordinance as of 25 May 2016.
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