Press Releases

    SG/SM/9444
                11 AUGUST 2004

    With Approach of 15 August Referendum, Secretary-General Calls on Venezuelans to Resolve Disputes through Dialogue

    NEW YORK, 10 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is keeping abreast of developments in Venezuela and notes that preparations for the referendum have proceeded in accordance with the constitutional process. He welcomes the role played by international observers, particularly the Organization of American States and the Carter Center.

    The Secretary-General wishes to remind the Government of Venezuela and all political sectors that, when his Special Adviser visited Caracas from 20 to 24 July, all sides committed themselves to resolving issues relating to, and deriving from, the referendum of 15 August through consultations and dialogue.

    The Secretary-General remains convinced that only thus will Venezuelans ensure a successful outcome of the referendum and prevent further polarization of their society.

    The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting Venezuelans in their search for a constitutional, democratic solution to their political differences.

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