22 December 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12017
AFR/1793

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES MAURITANIAN PRESIDENTíS RELEASE FROM HOUSE ARREST


The following statement was issued on Sunday, 21 December, by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General welcomes reports that President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi has been released from house arrest. †He also welcomes the removal of other restrictions imposed on him since he was deposed in a coup díťtat on 6 August 2008. †The Secretary-General reiterates his call for the prompt restoration of constitutional order in Mauritania in the interest of peace and respect for the rule of law in the country.


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