17 March 2009
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12138

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL GRAVELY CONCERNED ABOUT UNFOLDING SITUATION IN MADAGASCAR


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.


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