DR Congo: Ban â€˜profoundly concernedâ€™ over reports of rising political tensions
In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General called for the “strict respect of the fundamental freedoms and rights enshrined in the Constitution,” urging all parties in the central African nation to exercise restraint and express their views peacefully, including in the context of demonstrations scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The Secretary-General called on all Congolese political stakeholders to “place the interests of their country above their own by engaging constructively in a meaningful political dialogue aimed at peacefully resolving their differences,” according to the statement.
The UN chief also urged the political stakeholders to extend their full cooperation to the African Union (AU) Facilitator for the National Dialogue in the DRC, Edem Kodjo, and reiterated the full support of the UN for his efforts.
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