The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of Mali for the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed during the second round of the presidential election held on 12 August. He welcomes the measures that were put in place that allowed the vote to occur safely in most of the country, notwithstanding difficult weather and security challenges in some areas.
The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to remain calm through the conclusion of the electoral process, and to continue to address any grievances in accordance with the laws and Constitution of Mali. He calls on all political leaders to continue to promote a peaceful atmosphere and avoid incendiary rhetoric.
The United Nations remains committed to supporting the people and Government of Mali in their efforts to consolidate peace.