New York

1 November 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Kosovo

The Secretary-General has followed the important preparations for the Kosovo municipal elections to be held on 3 November 2013.  He welcomes the progress achieved and the determination of all parties to ensure inclusive elections, free of intimidation and violence.

He calls on all concerned to uphold the highest democratic standards and show full respect for the diversity of the population’s views.  He firmly believes that free and fair elections this Sunday will constitute a milestone in the strengthening of peace and security in Kosovo.  The Secretary-General strongly encourages the widest possible participation.