The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General takes note of the launching on 1 September of the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He remains convinced that only an inclusive political dialogue will help pave the way towards peaceful and credible elections, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2277 (2016).
The Secretary-General urges the political groups who have not yet joined the dialogue process to play a constructive role which contributes to the holding of timely and credible elections. He encourages the Government to continue confidence-building measures and to uphold the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution with a view towards establishing an atmosphere conducive to credible dialogue. He urges all actors to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence.