New York

06 July 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on the situation in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

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.