New York, 14 December 2005 – STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE ON THE EVE OF NATIONAL ELECTIONS
Tomorrow, you, the people of Iraq, will have a further historic opportunity to shape your political future and choose your own leaders by democratic means. Your vote will mark the beginning of a new chapter in Iraq’s history.
I therefore encourage all of you to turn out and exercise your democratic right to vote as a first step towards building together a stable, united and prosperous Iraq. This is your chance to let your voice be heard as a force for peace and national reconciliation.I appeal to all to refrain from violence or any other action which might undermine the democratic process.
Ultimately, only you as a people can move Iraq forward. I am pleased that the United Nations was able to support you at every step of this process, including through our assistance throughout the year to the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq. Irrespective of the outcome of the election, the United Nations will continue to do all it can to help all Iraqis succeed in building a new Iraq.
Well, I guess there isn’t much chance of being asked to run Oil for Food 2.0 now, is there? So you might as well vote. But we know you still don’t like the Americans, right?