New York

18 June 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation in Turkey

The Secretary-General continues to closely follow developments in Turkey.  He remains concerned about ongoing clashes between protesters and security personnel.  He is saddened by the deaths and injuries that have occurred.

The Secretary-General urges maximum restraint and the pursuit of constructive dialogue in order to resolve differences and avoid further violent confrontation.  He believes that stability is best assured through such dialogue and when the rights to peaceful assembly and the freedom of expression are fully respected.