UN condemns use of its name to send text messages

The text messages sparked fears of renewed violence in the country.

The United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire, UNOCI, has condemned recent text messages using the name of the mission to misinform the public.

The spokesman for the mission, Sylvie Wildenberg, said in a statement on Friday in Abidjan that the UNOCI had no link with such messages that raised fears about renewed violence and attacks.

“The attention of the mission has been drawn to mobile phone messages credited to UNOCI which is used to put fears in the people about renewed attacks. This is grossly unfair and against the spirit of peace and reconciliation being preached in the country,” she said.

She stated that such wrong information could cause panic and fear among the populace.

Ms. Wildenberg urged the public to disregard the message, describing it as untrue and baseless.

According to her, the UN operation in Cote d’Ivoire has swung into action to unearth the source of the information.

She further said that the mission would soon organise training on rumour management.

“This will equip members of the public with knowledge on how to perceive and react to certain information that get to them,” she said.

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