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Ivory Coast envoy asks for surveillance drones once peacekeepers leave

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Ivory Coast envoy to the United Nations said that if peacekeepers leave, then surveillance drones should be made available to patrol and protect along the Liberian border.

The envoy, Youssoufou Bamba, made the statements to the Security Council this week.

The Ivory Coast region has faced conflict since 2010, when contested elections led to much war and division. The U.N. peacekeeping force that's currently stationed there is set to draw down its troop level by a full battalion, to 8,837, UPI reported.

"If the planned reductions in blue helmets were implemented, however, the drawdown should be accompanied by more resources, such as surveillance drones in the border area with Liberia," he said, as reported by United Press International.