Delivered on 22 March 2016

Delivered by Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr. President,

The Maldives welcomes the Report of the Independent Expert and would like to extend appreciation to the Independent Expert for his report.

The Maldives is pleased to note that the recent presidential elections that were held in Côte d’Ivoire on 25 October 2015 were peaceful and conformed to international standards. We are further encouraged by the address of President Alassane Dramane Ouattara on his reelection and firm commitment towards the reconciliation process, and commend the number of advancements in this regard. We would also like to congratulate Côte d’Ivoire for having been delisted from the annex to the report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in 2007.

Mr. President,

The Maldives welcomes the efforts of the Programme for Social Cohesion to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a dialogue among the different sectors of Ivorian society.

The situation in the prisons of Côte d’Ivoire remains a cause of concern, but the Maldives is encouraged by the willingness of the Ivorian authorities to rectify this situation, and urge them to expedite this as recommended by the Independent Expert. The Maldives would further like to highlight and agree that children in conflict with the law should be provided with suitable rehabilitative care that is in keeping with their young age and in accordance with the law. The Maldives urges the Ivorian Government to strengthen efforts to protect the rights of women and children, and other vulnerable groups in society.

To conclude, Mr, President,

The Maldives takes note of the challenges highlighted in the report, and the recommendations made by the Independent Expert, and urges the Government to implement them. The Maldives further urge the international community to continue to render the necessary assistance to Cote D’Ivoire can progress further in its endeavors for national reconciliation and development.

Thank you Mr. President.