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Sierra Leone / Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

By United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General
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NEW YORK, November 27, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Secretary-General congratulates President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people and institutions of Sierra Leone on the successful and peaceful elections held on 17 November 2012, which clearly demonstrated the people's strong commitment to consolidating democracy and development.

The Secretary-General emphasizes the importance of all Sierra Leoneans working together in the period ahead. In that regard, the Secretary-General welcomes President Koroma's pledge to reach out to all Sierra Leoneans and to promote national reconciliation and unity.

At this time, the Secretary-General stresses the responsibility of Sierra Leone's political leaders for maintaining the atmosphere of calm that has prevailed so far during the election process. He urges all sides to address any outstanding grievances peacefully and through established national mechanisms and institutions.

The Secretary-General is confident that the strong partnership between the United Nations and Sierra Leone will continue in the best interest of the people of Sierra Leone.

New York, 26 November 2012