New York

4 May 2011

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Lesotho

The Secretary-General congratulates the Government of Lesotho, the Independent Electoral Commission and the ruling and opposition parties for successfully concluding, on 28 April 2011, a two-year mediation process to peacefully resolve the grievances stemming from the 2007 elections. Through dialogue, the Basotho stakeholders have resolved these grievances and agreed on the reforms needed to pave the way for the holding of peaceful and credible elections in 2012.

The Secretary-General commends the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for spearheading the mediation process in Lesotho. He urges them to continue to play an active role in the promotion of peace in Lesotho.