In call with Republic of Congo President, Ban cites concern over security operations in country’s southeast

18 May 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking by phone today with the President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, expressed concern about the Government’s ongoing security operation in the south-eastern Pool region of the country and its impact on the civilian population.

“[Mr. Ban] urged President Sassou N’Guesso to ensure that humanitarian and other relevant actors are granted access to the affected areas,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, which said the UN chief also called on the President to ensure that the security forces show restraint in the use of force and comply with the Republic of the Congo’s obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.

Underscoring the need for political dialogue to foster national unity following the recent elections, Mr. Ban in the statement emphasized the importance of President Sassou N’Guesso’s personal engagement and reaffirmed the United Nations’ readiness to support the Government and people of the Republic of the Congo in this regard.

“The Secretary-General thanked President Sassou N’Guesso for his engagement with the Central African Republic and looked forward to his continued support in the post-transition period,” the statement said.

 

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