2 July 2009

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

Secretary-General deeply concerned by ongoing constitutional crisis in niger,


Calls for restraint, political dialogue to resolve crisis


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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the ongoing political and constitutional crisis in Niger, which threatens to destabilize the country and undermine the progress made in recent years to consolidate democratic governance and the rule of law.  He regrets the most recent decisions taken by the Niger Government, which have made it extremely difficult for the country’s democratic institutions and the Constitutional Court, to play their roles as guarantors of the rule of law. The Secretary-General calls for restraint and political dialogue to resolve the crisis.

The Secretary-General offers his good offices to work with regional partners, in particular the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS), to find a solution to this political crisis.

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