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Ban welcomes resolution of situation in UN compound in Gabon

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 27 February 2011
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the peaceful resolution of the situation regarding a group of people in Gabon who had been in the compound of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country's capital, Libreville, since 25 January.

"The Secretary-General commends President Ali Bongo Onbimba of Gabon for his positive cooperation with the United Nations which facilitated the peaceful and voluntary departure on 27 February 2011 of the group from the UNDP compound," said a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

Mr. Ban welcomed the willingness of the people of Gabon to work together to ensure that differences were resolved peacefully in order to preserve the peace and stability.

"The Secretary-General reaffirms his readiness to continue working with the Government and the people of Gabon to help bring peace, stability and prosperity to the Central Africa sub-region, particularly as the United Nations sets up the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa in the Gabonese capital, Libreville," the statement added.

Media reports said Gabonese opposition leader Andre Mba Obame left the UNDP offices today after staying there for a month after he declared himself "president." He was accompanied by about 30 other people.

Mr. Mba Obame, a former government minister, had claimed that he won the presidential elections in 2009.

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