26 November 2012

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

Secretary-General Salutes Sierra Leone Citizens on Successful, Peaceful Elections,

Welcomes Re-Elected Presidentís Pledge to Promote National Unity

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

The Secretary-General congratulates President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people and institutions of Sierra Leone on the successful and peaceful elections held on 17 November 2012, which clearly demonstrated the peopleís strong commitment to consolidating democracy and development.

The Secretary-General emphasizes the importance of all Sierra Leoneans working together in the period ahead. †In that regard, the Secretary-General welcomes President Koromaís pledge to reach out to all Sierra Leoneans and to promote national reconciliation and unity.

At this time, the Secretary-General stresses the responsibility of Sierra Leoneís political leaders for maintaining the atmosphere of calm that has prevailed so far during the election process. †He urges all sides to address any outstanding grievances peacefully and through established national mechanisms and institutions.

The Secretary-General is confident that the strong partnership between the United Nations and Sierra Leone will continue in the best interest of the people of Sierra Leone.

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