New York, 10 August 2004 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Venezuela referendum

The Secretary-General is keeping abreast of developments in Venezuela and notes that preparations for the referendum have proceeded in accordance with the constitutional process. He welcomes the role played by international observers, particularly the Organization of American States and the Carter Center.

The Secretary-General wishes to remind the Government of Venezuela and all political sectors that, when his Special Adviser visited Caracas from 20 to 24 July, all sides committed themselves to resolving issues relating to, and deriving from, the referendum of 15 August through consultations and dialogue.

The Secretary-General remains convinced that only thus will Venezuelans ensure a successful outcome of the referendum and prevent further polarization of their society.

The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting Venezuelans in their search for a constitutional, democratic solution to their political differences.