ONUCI warns of signs of genocide

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The head of the Department of Human Rights at the UN operations in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), Simon Munzu, on Thursday said the Mission had noted acts that could lead to genocide in the West African country.

He sounded the alarm on signs that herald disasters, such as the Rwandan genocide in 1994, with the intransigence of political stakeholders and the action of the public and private media.

"For nearly two months, the Ivorian broadcasting television (RTI) has devoted itself to praise a single side in the present political disagreement," said Mr Munzu in Abidjan.

He said as a state-owned media, and to better enlighten the national and international opinion, it was imperative that RTI be more balanced as well about its own analysis.

Mr Munzu said ONUCI had noted the distribution of arms to civilians and called for vigilance.

He reaffirmed the determination of ONUCI to see to it that the country would not plunge into genocide, stressing that the organization would make everybody answer for his actions.

"In this respect, we need to be given time to work and to be given the freedom of movement to go and help populations if need be," Mr Munzu said, reaffirming the impartiality of ONUCI.
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13 january 2011 22:37:15

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