Press Releases

    26 October 2004

    Secretary-General Calls on Kosovo Political Leaders to Respect Election Results

    NEW YORK, 25 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement issued yesterday is attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Kosovo on the peaceful elections held in Kosovo on 23 October 2004.  The turnout and good management of the electoral process, for the first time by Kosovans themselves, demonstrate their understanding of the importance of making their voices heard and taking a direct hand in shaping Kosovo's future.

    While noting with disappointment the low turnout among the Kosovo Serb community, the Secretary-General congratulates those who voted and those who stood as candidates for their courage in the face of severe contrary pressure.

    The Secretary-General commends the UNMIK Police, Kosovo Police Service and KFOR for guaranteeing a safe and secure environment during this important day.

    The Secretary-General calls on all of Kosovo's political leaders to respect the result of the election.  He looks to them to cooperatively and quickly form a new government which, in close collaboration with UNMIK, will work for the benefit of all, importantly including Kosovo's minority communities.

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