UN Security Council backs national reconciliation in Central African Republic

June 29, 2010 10:42 am 

UNITED NATIONS, June 29 — The UN Security Council on Monday expressed its support for the national reconciliation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all stakeholders to move expeditiously to prepare for the "free, fair and credible" presidential elections.

Claude Heller, the Mexican UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for the month of June, made the remarks when he was reading a statement to the press here after the 15-nation Council met behind closed doors on the situation in CAR.

"The members of the Security Council support the ongoing efforts aimed at national reconciliation in the Central African Republic," the statement said. "The members of the Council have taken note of the consensual decision on the postponement of presidential and legislative elections in Central African Republic and call upon the government of the Central African Republic and all national stakeholders to move forward expeditiously the preparation and conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections."

"The members of the Council stress the importance of the government of the Central African Republic adopt and implement at an early date, a realistic electoral timetable and budget that will foster increase support for electoral process," the statement said.

Earlier on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties in CAR to forge ahead with preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections, which were originally scheduled for earlier this year but have been postponed several times.

In his latest report to the UN Security Council on developments in the impoverished and conflict-plagued country, Ban encouraged the United Nations-backed Independent Electoral Commission to continue with its work, "despite challenges surrounding the preparation of credible, transparent and inclusive elections." The report was issued here Monday.

The polls were scheduled to be held in April, but then were pushed back to May following complaints by opposition groups. However, the Independent Electoral Commission postponed the elections again, citing technical and logistical difficulties. (PNA/Xinhua)

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