The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular the political dialogue process. He takes note of today’s meeting of the preparatory committee to the national dialogue convened by the Facilitator of the African Union, Edem Kodjo.
The Secretary-General recalls that in resolution 2277 (2016) the Security Council underlined the importance of a credible and inclusive political dialogue to ensure peaceful, credible, inclusive, transparent and timely presidential and legislative elections, in line with the Constitution.
The Secretary-General once again calls on all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to engage in an inclusive political dialogue in good faith to overcome the impasse in the electoral process. He notes that there is no alternative to a credible political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and further urges all actors to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence.