15 February 2006

Press Statement on Haiti by Security Council President

NEW YORK, 14 February (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text of today's statement to the press by Security Council President John Bolton (United States):

The members of the Security Council commend the Haitian people for their commitment to democracy, as evidenced by the high degree of voter turnout on 7 February 2006, and recognize this as a major step forward in Haiti's efforts to re-establish representative governance.  They encourage all parties to remain calm as the final results of the election are certified.  The members of the Council express their expectation that the counting of ballots and the remaining steps in the electoral process mandated by Haitian law will continue to be transparent and meet international standards.  They strongly urge all parties to respect the results of the election and refrain from violence.

The members of the Council call on Haitian political leaders to live up to the high expectations of their people at this critical juncture by demonstrating statesmanship and moderation, and remaining engaged in a process of national reconciliation.  The members of the Council reiterate their full support for efforts by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the Transitional Government to ensure a secure and stable environment in Haiti.

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