Press Releases

    SG/SM/9898
         1 June 2005

    Secretary-General ‘Very Encouraged’ by Democratic Conduct of Lebanese Parliamentary Elections

    NEW YORK, 31 May (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on 29 May by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is very encouraged by the democratic conduct of the first round of the Lebanese parliamentary elections. He commends the Government of Lebanon for its efforts to ensure that the elections take place on schedule and in a free and credible manner. These elections constitute a major opportunity for the Lebanese people to shape their own future, to strengthen their political institutions and to restore their full sovereignty.

    The Secretary-General hopes that the remaining rounds of the elections will take place in the same peaceful atmosphere. His electoral team, based on the ground, stands ready to extend its further support and expertise, as and if required.

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