Statement by H.E. Mr. Desra Percaya, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Indonesia, at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Situation in Cote d’Ivoire

December 23, 2010 Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

Mr. President,

Indonesia is increasingly concerned about the escalation of tensions in Cote d’Ivoire. We are deeply alarmed by reports of abductions, illegal detentions and extrajudicial killings and reiterate our calls for all concerned parties to put an immediate end to all human rights violations and put the peace and prosperity of the country before all other interests.

We are monitoring the situation closely and urge all parties to recognise and respect the results of the recent election. For the sake of the country, and its people, we urge all sides to show restraint and to work towards a peaceful resolution.

We also call on all concerned parties and the international community to do their utmost to prevent this worsening humanitarian emergency. It is imperative that civilians, particularly women and children, be sufficiently protected and that international humanitarian law be respected at all times.

Attempts to obstruct the work of the United Nations peacekeeping troops in Cote d’Ivoire present a direct challenge to the legitimacy of the United Nations and are unacceptable.  We demand that, in accordance with international law, the welfare and security of the UNOCI staff is guaranteed at all times.

Now is the time for the international community to come together and condemn the actions of those responsible for inciting violence and putting fuel on tensions. It is our expectation that all those involved in human rights violations will be held to account.

In closing Mr President, may I reiterate my delegation’s support for the continuing efforts of the regional mechanism in the restoration peace and stability in the country. In the face of this extremely serious situation, Indonesia stands in solidarity with the people of Cote d’Ivoire and all those working towards peace and reconciliation.

Thank you.

Geneva, 23rd December 2010