The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary- General condemns the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of at least seven people in the past few weeks. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims.
The Secretary-General notes the actions and statements of the President of South Africa and the Government to address the violence. He welcomes the public expressions of the many South Africans who have been calling for peaceful coexistence and harmony with foreign nationals. He urges that all efforts are made to avert future attacks, including any incitement leading thereto, and encourages peaceful solutions.