(MENAFN) The UN expressed its strong regret to the coup attempt in Gabon, a plot to overthrow President Ali Bongo Ondimba who is residing in Morocco to recover from a stroke.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the incident in a statement UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric issued.
"The secretary-general and others have been fully briefed on the coup attempt in the capital of Libreville," the statement stressed.
"His special representative for Central Africa Francois Lounceny Fall is monitoring the events closely and is ready to provide good offices if and as required," the statement noted.
It further added that "as a principle, the secretary-general has always stood against unconstitutional changes of power, especially by force and in that light he condemns the attempted coup that took place this (Monday) morning in Gabon."