The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
The Secretary‑General is closely following developments in Honduras. He is concerned about the incidents of violence following the 26 November election and trusts that the authorities will uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The Secretary‑General calls upon the country’s political leaders, and particularly the presidential candidates, to exercise their leadership with responsibility in this crucial moment for the future of Honduras. He encourages them to resolve their differences through dialogue within the mechanisms established by the electoral law.
The Secretary‑General also calls on all Hondurans to exercise restraint and maintain the commendable civic spirit demonstrated with their participation in the elections.
The Secretary‑General expresses appreciation for the efforts of international observers and others supporting the process.