"Democracy runs deep in Zambia": Ban Ki-moon

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Work on a new constitution in Zambia would further deepen democracy in the Southern African country, according to a UN spokesperson quoting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday.

Mr. Ban, who is visiting the country, addressed a special session of parliament.

He paid tribute to the 73 Zambians who have who lost their lives in UN peacekeeping duties and the more than 300 who serve in peacekeeping missions in Africa and beyond.

Eduardo del Buey is the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General in New York.

"In his address, the Secretary-General said the world had witnessed more than sporting success in Zambia’s football victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. The world had also seen Zambia’s spirit. He said democracy runs deep in Zambia and that work on a new constitution would deepen it further. He said that offered an opportunity for Zambia to lead again by enshrining the highest standards of human rights and protection for all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability."

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