Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the reported release from house arrest of the President of Mauritania, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who was overthrown by the country’s military in August, and called for the restoration of constitutional order as soon as possible.
The Security Council today condemned the recent overthrow of the Mauritanian Government by the country’s military and demanded the immediate release from detention of the national president and the restoration of democratic institutions.
The top United Nations envoy to West Africa has called for an immediate return to constitutional rule in Mauritania after wrapping up a three-day visit to the country, where military leaders last week overthrew the Government.
Over 100 Mauritanian refugees, part of a group of 24,000 who fled to neighbouring Senegal over two decades ago, are returning to their home country today under a voluntary repatriation programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency after steps were taken by the governments concerned to address their plight.
Some 24,000 Mauritanians, who fled to Senegal nearly two decades ago after a long-standing border dispute escalated into ethnic violence, are set to start returning home within weeks under a United Nations-backed voluntary repatriation programme.