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