SECRETARY-GENERAL “STRONGLY CONDEMNS”
COUP D’ÉTAT IN SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
NEW YORK, 16 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the coup d’état in Sao Tome and Principe and calls for the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order. He also calls for the prompt release of government officials detained during the coup.
The Secretary-General reiterates his firm condemnation of any attempts to seize power by force.
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