The following statement was issued on 11 January by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is encouraged by recent political developments in Guinea, particularly the commitment expressed by the interim Head of State, General Sekouba Konaté, for a return to constitutional order. He welcomes both the invitation extended to the opposition to put forward a consensus Prime Minister and the guarantees of security given for all Guineans, including the country's political leaders.
The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support Guinea towards a rapid restoration of constitutional order in a peaceful and consensual manner. The Secretary-General calls on the members of the military authority and the Government to honour their earlier commitment not to contest the forthcoming elections. He also appeals to all political stakeholders to work together to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing the country.
The United Nations will continue working with the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other partners towards these ends.
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