Zambia makes efforts to promote democracy and development

Zambia is being praised for entrenching democracy and making good progress in increasing primary education enrolment, reducing maternal mortality and HIV-related deaths.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made these remarks in the Zambian capital of Lusaka after meeting with President Michael Sata.

The visit is the first state visit of a UN Secretary-General to Zambia.

Mr. Ban also paid tribute to the 73 Zambians who have lost their lives on UN peacekeeping duties, as well as the 300 and more who serve in peacekeeping missions in Africa and beyond.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ban stressed the need to ensure that all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of society, are not denied their human rights.

Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia, a situation which has drawn increasing criticism from the UN and many Western countries.

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