The United Nations, European Union, and United States Missions in Lesotho Welcome the Signing of the Electoral Pledge and the Memorandum of Understanding on Security Cooperation
The United Nations, the European Union, and the United States diplomatic missions in Lesotho welcome the signing of the Lesotho Electoral Pledge and of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Lesotho Defense Force and the Lesotho Mounted Police Service, on December 11 in Maseru. These two new agreements, which stem from the earlier commitments made under the Maseru Facilitation Declaration and the Maseru Security Accord, brokered under the facilitation of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), are important further steps in Lesotho moving beyond current political and security challenges.
The Electoral Pledge commits political parties to help create a climate conducive for peaceful and credible elections in February 2015. The Memorandum of Understanding calls on the army and the police service to take specified steps to improve their collaboration. Peaceful and credible elections are critical for Lesotho’s return to accountable government and effective rule of law, both essential factors in the country’s development, long-term stability, and economic growth.
We take this opportunity to commend the leading efforts of SADC, and also to recognize the important roles played by the Commonwealth, other international partners, and key national stakeholders in promoting peace in the Kingdom. We the representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, and the United States in Lesotho stand ready to continue our support to all Basotho at this challenging time in their efforts to consolidate stability and democracy.