On September 14, 2016, the President signed an Executive Order entitled, “Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Situation in or in Relation to Côte d’Ivoire.” The Executive Order terminates the national emergency declared in  Executive Order 13396 of February 7, 2006, which was declared because the situation in or in relation to Côte d’Ivoire gave rise to the massacre of large numbers of civilians, widespread human rights abuses, significant political violence and unrest, and attacks against international peacekeeping forces leading to fatalities.

The President found that the situation has been significantly altered by the progress achieved in the stabilization of Côte d’Ivoire, including the successful conduct of the October 2015 presidential election, progress on the management of arms and related materiel, and the combating of illicit trafficking of natural resources. Accordingly, and in view of the removal of multilateral sanctions by the United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2283, the national emergency is terminated and Executive Order 13396 is revoked as of 8 a.m. (EDT) on September 14, 2016. The termination of the national emergency will not affect any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined as of the effective date, any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date, or any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.