Congratulating Lebanon on its peaceful parliamentary elections over the weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all Lebanese people to cooperate “in the spirit of coexistence and democracy.”
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “calls on all Lebanese to respect the results,” voicing hope that “the process of government formation will commence expeditiously and that it will take place in a calm and secure environment.”
Both yesterday’s polls and the formation of a new Government “represent further important steps along the path of the revitalization of the State’s political institutions,” the statement added.
The Secretary-General also noted that he looks forward to the “full consolidation” of Lebanon’s stability, unity and political independence in line with the Taif Accord, the 1989 deal that followed the country’s protracted civil war, and Security Council resolutions.
In his latest report on the country, Mr. Ban said that while its political stability has continued to “improve markedly,” the ongoing armed posture of Hizbollah and Palestinian militia groups hampers Government control of the country.
“The general improvement of the situation in the country, combined with reconciliation efforts in the region, creates a potential momentum to strengthen the sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon and Government control throughout the country,” Mr. Ban writes in the report, which focuses on the implementation of resolution 1559.
Adopted by the Security Council in 2004 amid concern about high tensions within Lebanon, the resolution calls for free and fair elections, an end to foreign interference and the disbanding of all militias.