The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General continues to follow developments in the Kingdom of Eswatini with increasing concern, notably clashes between security forces and demonstrators that have led to deaths and injuries.
The Secretary-General reiterates his call on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and address their differences through inclusive and meaningful dialogue. The Secretary-General underlines the importance of enabling all Emaswati to exercise their civil and political rights peacefully and urges the security forces to exercise utmost restraint.
The Secretary-General welcomes recent efforts, led by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to find a solution to the current situation. The United Nations remains committed to working with the Government and the people of Eswatini, and all partners, to ensure a peaceful resolution.