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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to correspondents in response to questions on the parliamentary elections in Syria

New York, 7 May 2012

In response to questions regarding whether the Secretary-General has any comment on the parliamentary elections in Syria, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General has the following to say:

Only a comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue can lead to a genuine democratic future in Syria.  These elections are not taking place within that framework.  Moreover, a democratic process cannot be successful while violence is still ongoing.  It is essential that there be a cessation of violence in all its forms and action to implement the Joint Special Envoy’s six point proposal.