UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday asked for calm in Guinea following the announcement of the provisional results of Sunday's presidential election, said his spokesman.
The secretary-general took note of the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He reiterated his call to all actors to resolve electoral disputes through established legal mechanisms and to refrain from violence, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.
The secretary-general strongly condemned the violence that occurred following the presidential poll and called, in particular, on the president of Guinea and the leader of the opposition to prevail on their supporters to immediately end the violence and engage in meaningful dialogue to find a peaceful solution to the post-electoral crisis, said the statement.
The secretary-general also urged opinion leaders and the media to desist from inflammatory rhetoric and divisive appeals based on ethnicity, it said.
The United Nations stands ready to support a dialogue process toward a rapid and peaceful resolution of the crisis, it said. Enditem