Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho.
He called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.
A UN statement issued in New York on Monday quoted Ban as calling for respect for constitutional order and democratic rule.
He urged all parties to refrain from violence and work together for a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.
Ban also welcomed earlier efforts by the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth and other partners of Lesotho to support the restoration of trust among the members of the country’s coalition government.
He urged all parties to continue to play active roles to promote peace in Lesotho.
The small, landlocked nation is surrounded on all sides by South Africa, where
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has reportedly fled to after alleging that the army carried out a coup.
According to media reports, the army has denied that it staged a coup.