10 June 2014

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

Secretary-General Welcomes Smooth, Orderly Elections for Kosovo Assembly,


Urging Strengthening of Democracy, Human Rights Protection


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

The Secretary-General welcomes the successful conduct of elections for the Assembly of Kosovo on 8 June 2014.  He is encouraged by the preliminary positive reports from local and international observers, as well as the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), of the smooth and orderly conduct of the elections and broad public participation throughout Kosovo.  He commends Kosovo’s authorities and population for this achievement.

The Secretary-General calls on the Kosovo authorities to remain committed to strengthening democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights of all in Kosovo.  He looks forward to a renewed high-level engagement by Belgrade and Pristina in the European Union-facilitated dialogue, once the new leadership is in place in Pristina.  The United Nations and UNMIK will continue to support this important engagement.

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