Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan
New York, 3 April 2014
The Secretary-General is encouraged by the technical and security preparations and broad public engagement for Afghanistan's upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections. These are extremely important elections for the country. He urges all Afghan men and women to participate in the vote on 5 April and to take this opportunity to have their say on the future direction of their country.
The Secretary-General denounces violence by any group. He specifically condemns statements by the Taliban threatening further attacks on civilian election workers, candidates, observers, voters and election sites. He reiterates that deliberate attacks against civilians are serious violations of international humanitarian law and that those responsible will be held accountable.
The Secretary-General welcomes Afghan ownership of the electoral process and calls upon Afghan institutions to discharge their responsibility to deliver credible, inclusive and transparent elections. He urges the candidates and their supporters to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes, while the ballots are counted and complaints adjudicated, and to abide by the results of the polls.
Statements on 3 April 2014
- Brussels, 3 April 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks on Climate Change at the Policy Spotlight with Friends of Europe [as prepared for delivery]
- Brussels, 3 April 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks at Roll Back Malaria-African Union Breakfast on Health in the Broader Development and Post-2015 Agenda [as prepared for delivery]