22 October 2004
Secretary-General Urges All Kosovo Communities to Exercise Voting Rights
NEW YORK, 21 October (UN Headquarters) -- Following is a statement attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
This Saturday, 23 October, the people of Kosovo will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives in the Assembly of Kosovos Provisional Institutions.
The Secretary-General calls upon members of all of Kosovos communities to exercise their right to vote in the elections. He urges members of the Kosovo Serb community to participate in the election and in this way to ensure that their interests and concerns are represented and promoted within Kosovos provisional institutions. Kosovos leaders should do their utmost to encourage Kosovos voters to engage in the democratic process.
The 23 October elections will be the first that are largely organized and run by the people of Kosovo themselves. He is confident that these elections will prove to be yet another significant step in the consolidation of Kosovos representative and democratic provisional institutions of self-government and a further demonstration of Kosovos progress on the path of normalization and stability.
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