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Annan strongly condemns coup in São Tomé and Príncipe

16 July United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the coup d'état in São Tomé and Príncipe and called for the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order.

In a statement released by a UN spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan also called for the prompt release of government officials detained during the coup.

"The Secretary-General reiterates his firm condemnation of any attempts to seize power by force," the statement said.

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