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STORY: UN / ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS VIOLENCE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

02 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General is concerned about reports of incidents of violence in Harare following the elections on 30 July. He recalls commitments the stakeholders made in the Peace Pledge and the Code of Conduct to ensure a peaceful and orderly electoral process. He calls on the political leaders and the population to exercise restraint and reject any form of violence while awaiting the announcement of the election results. He further calls on political leaders and electoral contestants to pursue any disputes through peaceful means, dialogue and in accordance with the law. The elections mark an important step forward in Zimbabwe’s democratic development. The Secretary-General notes the peaceful and democratic spirit, which was commended by national and international observers, during polling day. He appreciates the commitment of the people of Zimbabwe to deepen democracy and their renewed focus on development of the nation.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

In a statement read by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres expressed concern over violence in Zimbabwe following the country’s elections and called on “political leaders and electoral contestants to pursue any disputes through peaceful means, dialogue and in accordance with the law.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (02 Aug), UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said Guterres recalled the commitments made by the stakeholders in the Peace Pledge and the Code of Conduct to ensure a peaceful and orderly electoral process. He called on political leaders and the population to “exercise restraint and reject any form of violence while awaiting the announcement of the election results.”

Haq said the elections marked “an important step forward in Zimbabwe’s democratic development.” He said the Secretary-General noted “the peaceful and democratic spirit, which was commended by national and international observers, during polling day” and appreciated the commitment of the people of Zimbabwe “to deepen democracy and their renewed focus on development of the nation.”

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