SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS SIGNING OF JOINT DECLARATION BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN GUINEA CONFIRMS DETERMINATION TO RESOLVE OUTSTANDING ISSUES PEACEFULLY
NEW YORK, April 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the progress made towards the resumption of the political dialogue in Guinea. He is particularly encouraged by the signing, on 23 April, of a joint declaration between the Government, the opposition and the presidential camp. The joint declaration calls on all political parties to refrain from any violent demonstrations and confirms their determination to resolve outstanding issues through peaceful and negotiated solutions. The Secretary-General also welcomes the statement made by President Alpha Condé, on 24 April, in which he expressed his readiness to implement all necessary measures with a view to guarantee the transparency and the credibility of the electoral process, with the involvement of international partners.
The Secretary-General encourages, once again, the Government and the opposition leaders to constructively discuss and overcome the current challenges in the electoral process to preserve the peace and stability in the country. He welcomes the important role played by the team of facilitators of the inclusive dialogue, in particular by his Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit.
The Secretary-General reiterates the determination of the United Nations to continue to support the efforts of the Guinean stakeholders, in coordination with other international partners of Guinea. He remains hopeful that this political dialogue will lay the foundations for sustainable peace and stability in Guinea and guarantee the holding of legislative elections as soon as feasible.