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Throughout the previous months, the FPUs mostly assisted the Ivorian police forces operationally; provided strategic advice and overall security to the peace process; assisted in conducting investigations with the Forces Nouvelles auxiliary personnel; initiated 30 capacity-building projects, mostly pertaining to crowd control and forensics, for the Ivorian law enforcement agencies.
According to the reporting by the Secretary General, the FPUs in Cote d'Ivoire are providing the extra capacity to indigenous police forces in the event of "unruly demonstrations" and to protect UN assets.
The FPUs met success, primarily due to the political atmosphere created by the Ouagadougou Peace Accord. During the past two months, the FPUs provided security to UN personnel, equipment, and facilities; conducted regular joint crowd control management exercises with UN and Licorne military forces; provided advice and training to governmental police; provided support to mixed police units along the "green line."
The FPUs begun to mentor the Ivorian police forces, as well as the for FN personnel. They support joint patrols between each grouping of forces as well as mixed units (those comprised of governmental and FN personnel).
Throughout the past couple months, FPUs provided support, mentoring, and advise to Ivorian national police & mixed units; conducted joint patrols and investigations with the Ivorian national police and gendarmes to increase their professionalism; conducted regular training courses on human rights; initiated bilateral projects on crowd control and forensics between the national governmental police and Germany, Turkey, and the EU
FPUs continued to provided security to UN personnel, equipment, and facilities; conducted regular joint crowd control management exercises with UN and Licorne military forces.
The Ivorian government and FN leadership signed the Ouagadougou Peace Accord, which outlined who is a citizen of Cote d'Ivoire, established a new election process, the establishment of an army with combined government/FN forces, restored the administrative structures, and consolidated peace.
According to the Secretary General, UNOCI received another FPU, deployed from Pakistan. It is stationed at Guiglo. The six FPUs provided security to UN personnel, equipment, and facilities; provided security UN police; conducted crowd control exercises with UNOCI and Licorne troops; provided crowd control training and civil unrest management to to UNOCI military personnel. Overall, the FPUs appear to scale back towards training as oppose to conducting many joint patrols.
According to the Secretary General, the FPUs are part of the police forces that conducted joint patrols with mixed government and FN force units. The FPUs are also providing security to the mobile court sites, and security to UN personnel and facilities. Additionally, the UN and Licorne military units that have undergone crowd control training, are conducting joint patrols with the FPUs, most notably around Abidjan. The police are continuing to provide crowd control and management to UNOCI and Licorne troops.
On 19 December 2006, President Gagbo announces that he wishes to engage the rebel force, Forces Nouvelles, in discussions. The end result is the Ouagadougou Peace Accord.
According to the Secretary General, two more FPUs arrived in Cote I'voire, one from Jordan and another from Bangladesh. FPUs conducted joint patrols with mixed units, comprised of the Ivorian and FN military forces. The occur near the divide between the two separately held areas of Cote d'Ivoire. The FPUs also assisted in the National Program for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration by patrolling around the cantonment centers.
The Secretary General reported that the lessons learned from the January riots require that the FPUs provide joint crowd-control training to UN and French Licorne military forces. The FPUS also provided protection to UN personnel, property, and facilities; and joint patrols with UNOCI and Licorne troops
The Secretary General reported that three FPUs are currently in operation. There are two from Jordan and one from Bangladesh. The Jordanian units are stationed at Abidjan and the Bangladeshi unit is at Yamoussoukro. Each has a strength of 125. They conduct routine patrolling with UN police, escorting UN personnel to "sensitive areas," respond to distress or emergency calls by UN, and provide security to UN facilities.
After a series of riots, the UN mission relocated the FPU and conducted joint military-police crowd control missions.