19 December 2005

Secretary-General Calls on Bolivians to Maintain Peaceful, Constructive Attitude during Upcoming General Elections

NEW YORK, 16 December (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is closely following the political situation in Bolivia, in particular the preparations for the general elections which are to be held on 18 December.  He sent Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane to La Paz to convey a message of support to the President of Bolivia and the Bolivian people ahead of the elections.

In a meeting with President Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé earlier this morning, Ms. Kane delivered a letter from the Secretary-General, in which he calls on the people of Bolivia to maintain a peaceful and constructive attitude during the elections.  He supports the work of the international observers of the Organization of American States, a body with which the United Nations maintains close communication and cooperation.  The Secretary-General emphasizes that these elections constitute an invaluable opportunity to advance the search for peaceful and democratic solutions to the challenges Bolivia faces.

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