3 November 2010

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

Welcoming Consensus on Guinea Run-off Election, Secretary-General Warns

against Incitement, Divisive Statements or Actions


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the consensus reached among Guinean stakeholders that paves the way for the holding of the run-off presidential election on 7 November.  He urges all actors in the electoral process to ensure that the date is respected and that the necessary conditions are put in place for the smooth conduct of the poll.  The Secretary-General calls upon the presidential candidates to uphold their commitment to conduct a peaceful campaign and to respect the outcome of the election.  He encourages all Guineans to participate in the poll.

The Secretary-General remains concerned over recent episodes of violence and reported intimidation that led to the displacement of people in parts of Guinea.  He calls on national and local leaders, as well as on the population as a whole, to refrain from any act or statement that may incite violence or human rights abuses.  The Secretary-General further warns against exploiting ethnicity, religion or any other divisive factor for political ends, and reiterates that those responsible for fomenting violence or violating human rights must be held accountable.  The Transitional Government of Guinea has a responsibility to protect and ensure the safety of all Guineans, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations system to support Guinea throughout this historic electoral process, as well as after the vote, to help consolidate peace and development in the country.

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