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Secretary-General welcomes Cambodian elections
3 August 2013 – United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the peaceful conduct of elections in Cambodia and encouraged the competent authorities to deal fairly and transparently with any complaints of irregularities.
“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the elections in Cambodia on 28 July,” said a statement issued last evening by the office of the UN chief’s spokesperson.
“Amid reports of irregularities, the United Nations encourages the competent authorities to adjudicate complaints fairly and transparently, with the ultimate aim of ensuring the accurate determination of, and respect for, the will of the Cambodian people,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Ban continues to follow the situation in the country closely.
TOP U.N. LEGAL OFFICIAL MEETS WITH CAMBODIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
- The Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Sok An, and Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, the Legal Counsel, met on Thursday afternoon to discuss recent developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
- The Legal Counsel referred to the Secretary-General’s strong support for the work of the Extraordinary Chambers. The Legal Counsel expressed concern regarding recent developments at the Extraordinary Chambers. She reiterated the United Nations’ consistent call upon all persons to respect and support the integrity and independence of the ECCC judicial process.
- The Legal Counsel strongly urged the Royal Government of Cambodia to refrain from statements opposing the progress of Cases 003 and 004 and to refrain from interfering in any way whatsoever with the judicial process. She emphasised the obligation of the Royal Government of Cambodia to cooperate fully with the Extraordinary Chambers.
Source: UN Archive