Venezuela: Annan notes latest developments in electoral review process

4 June 2004 – Noting the Venezuelan National Electoral Council’s release of the preliminary results of its review of signatures on a petition to oust President Hugo Chávez from office, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Venezuelans to resolve their political stalemate peacefully.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan commended the work of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Carter Center, which observed the entire process of review of the petition signatures – known as the reparos, or correction, process.

The statement said that the Secretary-General “urges all Venezuelans to cooperate constructively to ensure a peaceful electoral and constitutional solution to the country’s political impasse.”