Ivory Coast boosting security for election

June 4, 2009 at 3:43 PM

YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast, June 4 (UPI) -- The United Nations is working with authorities in Ivory Coast to strengthen security in the country ahead of the November presidential elections.

Pierre-Andre Campiche, head of the U.N. police in Ivory Coast, said peacekeeping officials from the United Nations are beginning to plan and organize a security strategy to ensure stability during the country's elections, the United Nations reported.

According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Ivory Coast is among several countries in West Africa under threat from transnational criminal groups using the region as a hub for trafficking narcotics and other illicit goods.

Officials say the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast is working with national authorities to deploy government forces and former rebels for security during the elections.

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