New York

31 August 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Lesotho

The Secretary-General is concerned about the reported military takeover in Lesotho. He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule. He urges all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.

The Secretary-General welcomes earlier efforts by SADC, the Commonwealth and other partners of Lesotho to support the restoration of trust among the members of the Coalition Government and urges all parties to continue to play an active role in the promotion of peace in Lesotho. He reaffirms the continued support of the United Nations to these efforts.