US President Barack Obama says he sees Ivory Coast as a threat despite political gains made by the West African Country.
He has therefore extended by one year its National Emergency it declared against Côte d'Ivoire in 2006.
A statement from the White House and cited by Myjoyonline.com says “the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” imposed by the Ivorian crisis is still palpable despite remarkable improvement in security situation in the West African country following the coming into power of President Alassane Ouattara in May 2011.
The measures taken in 2006, including blocking the property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire still holds, Barack Obama said in the statement.
The following is the full statement.
CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE SITUATION IN OR IN RELATION TO CÔTE D'IVOIRE
On February 7, 2006, by Executive Order 13396, the President declared a national emergency, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in or in relation to Côte d'Ivoire and ordered related measures blocking the property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire. The situation in or in relation to Côte d'Ivoire, which has been addressed by the United Nations Security Council in Resolution 1572 of November 15, 2004, and subsequent resolutions, has resulted in the massacre of large numbers of civilians, widespread human rights abuses, significant political violence and unrest, and fatal attacks against international peacekeeping forces.
Since the inauguration of President Alassane Ouattara in May 2011, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire has made progress in advancing democratic freedoms and economic development. While the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and its people continue to make progress towards peace and prosperity, the situation in or in relation to Côte d'Ivoire continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on February 7, 2006, and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond February 7, 2013. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13396. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.