9 June 2009
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12298
AFR/1860

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

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONCERNED BY HEIGHTENED POLITICAL TENSION IN NIGER


FOLLOWING PRESIDENTíS DECISION TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT

 


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is concerned over recent developments in Niger and the heightened political tension in the country following the Presidentís decision to dissolve Parliament.† These developments come at a time when Niger had made significant progress in the efforts to resolve the Tuareg conflict and to consolidate democratic and economic progress.


The Secretary-General urges all parties to act in full respect of the countryís Constitution and to refrain from any action that would undermine Nigerís democratic gains, as well as the stability of the country.† He welcomes the recent initiatives launched by regional leaders and urges Nigerís stakeholders to extend the fullest cooperation to those initiatives in order to resolve the current problems peacefully.


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