29 June 2009

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

Secretary-General welcomes decree establishing transitional

government of national unity in mauritania


The following statement was issued on Saturday, 27 June, by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing late yesterday of the decree establishing a transitional government of national unity in Mauritania.  He considers this an important step towards the consolidation of democracy in the country.

The Secretary-General reiterates his gratitude to the President of Senegal, the Chairman of the African Union and the facilitators who worked tirelessly in the framework of the International Contact Group to assist the Mauritanian parties in finding a consensual way out of the crisis.

The Secretary-General hopes that the new transitional government, created through constructive dialogue between the main Mauritanian political parties, will lead the country towards a free, fair and transparent presidential election, held in a safe environment, on 18 July 2009.

The Secretary-General will continue to closely follow the developments in Mauritania.

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