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    SG/SM/8837
    AFR/692
    1 September 2003

    SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES RWANDA ELECTION
    AS IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS PLURALISTIC,
    MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY

    NEW YORK, 29 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General welcomes the news that the presidential elections in Rwanda -- the first since the genocide of 1994 -- were conducted in a generally peaceful manner with a high voter turnout, for which he commends the people of Rwanda.  The Secretary-General considers this election an important step towards the establishment of a pluralistic multiparty democracy in Rwanda.  He expresses the hope that the parliamentary elections scheduled for next month will further contribute to that process.

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