IN PHONE CALL TO PRESIDENT CHÁVEZ OF VENEZUELA, SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES ONGOING RESTITUTION
NEW YORK, 15 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
Earlier today, the Secretary-General telephoned Hugo Chávez Frías, President of Venezuela. The Secretary-General expressed satisfaction that the process of restoring constitutional order in Venezuela was under way. He appealed for national reconciliation and underscored the importance of an inclusive democratic system in the country.
President Chávez reiterated his commitment to the principles of constitutional rule, legality and democracy and his determination to pursue a broad-based national dialogue. The Secretary-General welcomed the return of calm to the country, and noted his readiness to assist in the effort to strengthen the democratic dialogue, the rule of law and human rights in Venezuela.
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