SECRETARY-GENERAL ‘STRONGLY CONDEMNS’ COUP D’ÉTAT IN SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

SG/SM/8781-AFR/666
16 July 2003

SECRETARY-GENERAL ‘STRONGLY CONDEMNS’ COUP D’ÉTAT IN SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

16/07/2003
Press Release
SG/SM/8781
AFR/666


SECRETARY-GENERAL ‘STRONGLY CONDEMNS’ COUP D’ÉTAT IN SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:


The Secretary-General strongly condemns the coup d’état in Sao Tome and Principe and calls for the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order.  He also calls for the prompt release of government officials detained during the coup.


The Secretary-General reiterates his firm condemnation of any attempts to seize power by force.


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