The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General takes note of the decision by President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala to resign.
The Secretary-General trusts that the authorities will abide by the Constitution and ensure an orderly democratic transition. He calls on all Guatemalans to ensure that the upcoming elections are held in a peaceful environment.
The Secretary-General is aware of the deep desire shown by the country’s citizens to put an end to corruption and impunity, as well as ongoing calls for legal and political reforms. He welcomes constructive efforts by the people of Guatemala to participate in and contribute to their country’s political system. The Secretary-General appeals to the authorities and all sectors of society to work together in order to strengthen institutions and the rule of law in the country.