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    27 October 2000
 Secretary-General, Expressing Concern at Events in Côte D’ivoire,
Urges Parties to Take Opportunity to Move to Political Reform

 NEW YORK, 26 October (UN Headquarters) -- This is the text of a statement today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has been following, with great concern, the latest developments in Côte d’Ivoire.

He regrets the loss of innocent lives during the ongoing demonstrations and calls upon all political, religious and social actors to exercise restraint and ensure security for all.

The Secretary-General recalls that he had deplored the current electoral process, which deprived the people of Côte d’Ivoire of the opportunity to freely exercise their rights and elect their leaders.  

He believes that there is now an opportunity to put in place a democratic political process that will allow the people of Côte d’Ivoire to freely elect their representatives.  He appeals to all political forces to work towards this end.

The Secretary-General will continue to follow the situation very closely and remains in touch with all concerned parties.

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