The security situation in Ivory Coast could quickly deteriorate despite recent security gains, the U.S. State Department warned.
Ivory Coast has a ways to go before it makes a clean break from civil conflict that resurfaced in the wake of disputed 2010 elections, a rights official said.
"Warlord-style predatory economic activities" of ex-Ivory Coast rebel leaders integrated into the military include smuggling cocoa beans, a U.N. report said.
Proliferation of weapons in Ivory Coast poses a significant threat to national stability and reconstruction, the U.N. Security Council said.
Members of former President Laurent Gbagbo's party say they will sit out when Ivory Coast voters go to the polls for this weekend's local elections.
If peacekeepers leave Ivory Coast, national protection should be bolstered by the use of surveillance drones, the Ivorian envoy to the United Nations said.
Ivory Coast is still flush with weapons more than two years after an end to post-election conflict, a researcher from Amnesty International said.
None of the forces in an Ivorian military unit created by President Alassane Ouattara have faced trial for post-election abuses, Human Rights Watch said.
Security is a primary concern for Ivorians preparing for local elections this month, the head of the peacekeeping mission said.
Ivory Coast isn't living up to its commitments to hold all parties to post-election violence accountable for their crimes, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.