New York, 10 March 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on BahrainThe Secretary-General has continued to follow closely the situation in Bahrain. He remains concerned at the apparent impasse in launching a national dialogue a few weeks after King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa asked Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to initiate such a process. The Secretary-General is of the view that this offer has created an opportunity for all sides to address political and constitutional reform and facilitate national reconciliation.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties in Bahrain to seize the moment and engage in a broad-based, peaceful and meaningful dialogue involving the political opposition and civil society in the interest of all Bahraini people. To this end, the Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to provide support to nationally-led efforts, if requested to do so.
The Secretary-General also calls on all of Bahrain's regional neighbours and the wider international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive for credible reforms in Bahrain.
Statements on 10 March 2011
- New York, 10 March 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks to High-Level Meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woos Institutions, UNCTAD and the WTO
- New York, 10 March 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire [scroll down for French version]
- New York, 10 March 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on Somalia