African Press Organization
2012-06-20 ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, June 20, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) is concerned over the return of a new wave of virulent language by certain political actors, which has appeared in the Ivorian media.
UNOCI has a mandate, based on Security Council Resolution 1572 (2004), to monitor the behaviour of the media, including speech inciting violence, and to send a report every month to the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council on its observations on this issue.
Considering the harmful role that verbal violence played in the successive crises that have shaken the country since 2004, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d'Ivoire, Albert Koenders, is appealing to the sense of responsibility of the political actors, calling on them to respect the code of conduct which they adopted on 24 April 2008 in Abidjan, in the presence of the UN Secretary-General.
The Chief of UNOCI appeals to politicians as well as representatives of the media to avoid using excessive language, which could endanger democratic achievements, national reconciliation and thereby harm the general interest.
UNOCI invites the regulatory organs to maintain their vigilance in order to prevent any violation of their regulations.