30 November 2004
Ukraine: Secretary-General Reiterates Call for Maximum Restraint by All
NEW YORK, 29 November (UN Headquarters) -- Following is a statement attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General has been following closely and with concern developments in Ukraine over the weekend as that nation struggles to resolve the crisis that has developed over the run-off presidential election on 21 November.
The Secretary-General notes that the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the matter, and calls on all concerned to be patient and to allow the constitutional process to continue. The legitimacy, accountability and transparency of Ukraines institutions are vital to the consolidation of its democracy.
The Secretary-General reiterates his call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from divisive political statements that could endanger the stability of the country.
Respect by all for the unity of the Ukrainian nation, its sovereignty and territorial integrity are of utmost importance to Ukraine and to regional and international security.
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