UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the successful holding of the presidential and national legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 30. He said that the ?historic event is a milestone? in the country's peace process.
?I congratulate the Congolese people for their broad participation and for the peaceful conduct of the elections, and I commend the Congolese Independent Electoral Commission for organizing the polling.?
He noted with satisfaction that the elections were held in a generally calm environment, with only isolated incidents, but he also called for calm as the results are tabulated.
Mr. Annan is also looking forward to the announcement of the results by the Independent Electoral Commission, and appealed to all of the Congolese parties and candidates to respect the outcome in a spirit of peace and reconciliation.
?The Congolese people continue to face major challenges, including political and economic reforms, national reconciliation, good governance, and reconstruction and development. The United Nations remains deeply committed to supporting them in their efforts to build lasting peace and democracy,? he concluded.