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MISNA - July 1, 2005 2:02 PM

In a message addressed to the transition government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations Security Council reiterated the urgent need to prepare to conduct peaceful elections and to exercise efficient, transparent and comprehensive control over state finances, ensuring that there is no impunity for those responsible for acts of embezzlement or corruption. The Council, noting Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendation in his 26 May report, also urged the candidates and political parties to refrain from any action that might disrupt the electoral process. On the day of the first six months extension of the transition (almost certainly to be followed by another such period), the Council urged the Transitional Government should make every effort to respect the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) timetable and, in particular, prepare to hold the referendum on the draft Constitution as soon as possible and speed up the reforms remaining to be dealt with, especially drafting the electoral law and integrating the security forces.


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