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Expert panel named to monitor Security Council arms embargo against Côte dIvoire

In response to a United Nations Security Council request, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a three-member panel of experts to monitor the arms embargo the Council imposed last year on Côte d’Ivoire.The members are Gilbert Charles Barthe of Switzerland, Atabou Bodian of Senegal, who is also the chairman, and Alex Vines of the United Kingdom, Mr. Annan said in a letter to the Council. The Council had said their duties would include examining and analyzing information gathered by the peacekeeping UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and French Licorne forces in the West African country, information from other Governments on any flows of arms and related materiel and any provision of military aid, advice or training, as well as any networks operating in violation of the embargo it approved last November in a resolution.

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