Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

UN Secretary-general gravely concerned about unfolding situation in Madagascar



UN Secretary-general gravely concerned about unfolding situation in Madagascar


NEW YORK, March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the evolving developments in Madagascar.  He takes note of the resignation of President [Marc] Ravalomanana.


He urges all parties concerned to act responsibly to ensure stability and a smooth transition through democratic means.  This peaceful path can only be the result of transitional arrangements arrived at by consensus and enjoying wide support.  The Secretary-General calls on all concerned, particularly the police and the Army, to ensure the security of the population and work together towards a non-violent resolution of the crisis.


The United Nations, along with all other partners, remains engaged through its Senior Political Adviser to help achieve a peaceful, consensual solution in Madagascar.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General



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