UN, HEADS OF MISSION URGE POLITICAL LEADERS
The United Nations (UN) in Lesotho and the Heads of Mission strongly
encourage all political leaders to seize the opportunity and, mindful of
the national interest, collaborate towards enhancing political stability
in the country.
They said this in a joint statement released on Friday following the
return of the opposition leaders in the country last Sunday stating that
they have noted it.
''We commend the sustained commitment of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) and local civil society and church leaders
to supporting Lesotho, including the most recent visits by SADC
Facilitator, South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa'', they
UN and the Heads of Missions stated also that they welcome the
commitment of SADC to provide expert support to constitutional and
security sector reforms.
As long-standing partners and friends of Basotho, they further pointed
out that they stand ready to support the efforts of Lesotho and SADC in
the pursuit of increased stability and the expeditious implementation of
reforms in an inclusive process.
''We encourage Lesotho’s leaders to dialogue and build consensus to
achieve the reforms. Solid progress on these would in turn foster an
environment conducive for the much needed sustainable development,
inclusive growth and durable peace'', they said.
The statement has been jointly issued by the United Nations in Lesotho,
the Heads of Mission of the European Union and its Member States
accredited to Lesotho, and the Heads of Mission of Canada, Norway and
Switzerland accredited to Lesotho.
Leaders of opposition who were returned from a two-year exile in South
Africa are Dr Motsoahae Thabane of the All Basotho Convention (ABC),
Chief Thesele 'Maseribane of the Basotho National Party (BNP) and Mrs.
Keketso Rants'o of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL).
Source: LENA 18/02/2017