The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the continuing and intensifying violence in Nicaragua. He deplores the loss of life in the protests and the attack against Catholic Church mediators in the National Dialogue.
The Secretary-General recognizes the important mediation role of the Nicaraguan Catholic Bishops Conference. He urges all parties to respect the role of the mediators, to refrain from the use of violence, and to fully commit to participating in the National Dialogue in order to de-escalate violence and find a peaceful solution to the current crisis.