Kosovo, Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia/Eritrea




                    We heard a briefing from Assistant Secretary-General, Annabi on the bombing

                    in Pristina yesterday, in which the Head of the Yugolsav Passport Office in

                    Pristina was killed, another member of the office was critically injured, and

                    two other people were injured. Members of the Council regarded this as

                    another deliberately planned and clearly ethnically motivated attack on Serbs

                    in Kosovo. They condemned what they saw as a cowardly terrorist attack and

                    insisted that the perpetrators should be brought quickly to justice. They called

                    on Kosovo leaders also to condemn such a senseless act and to do all they

                    could to stop similar incidence. Extremists violence had to become a thing of

                    the past. Members of the Council reiterated their call on all parties to resume

                    the path of dialogue and they will continue to follow this issue very closely.


                    We also had briefing on Angola from Ambassador Ryan who has recently

                    returned from a visit pursuing his responsibilities as chair of the Sanctions

                    Committee against UNITA. A very interesting briefing from Ambassador Ryan

                    with lots of points to follow-up for the Council for the Sanctions Committee

                    and indeed for member states, and the Security Council will be taking this

                    issue forward. We were also looking at the addendum to the latest report of

                    the monitoring mechanism on Angola and we will be adopting a resolution

                    extending the mandate of the monitoring mechanism.


                    Thirdly, we had a briefing on Burundi from Assistant Secretary-General, Fall

                    following the current attempted coo yesterday. He reported that the

                    government was again in control, but the Council was rather deeply concerned

                    by this incident. It shows the fragile nature of the peace process in Burundi,

                    and I think will increase the likelihood that the Council will wish to visit

                    Burundi and maybe also Arusha if it confirms its intention to go to the Great

                    Lakes region with the mission next month.


                    Finally, we have been talking about Ethiopia/Eritrea on a briefing from

                    Under-Secretary-General, Guéhenno. This afternoon, we hope to be in a

                    position to adopt the resolution on the Angola monitoring mechanism.


                    (Question about FRY request for a Security Council meeting)


                    We have just been talking to the representative of Yugoslavia about this.

                    Members of the Council this morning knew of the Yugoslav request and felt

                    that their meeting and discussion of this this morning met his request

                    together with the press statement I have just made.


                    (Question about Angola monitoring mechanism)


                    That was not discussed this morning, and is coming up for discussion later in

                    the Council’s programme this month.


                    (Question about the use of Kroll Associates in monitoring sanctions on



                    The Council is aware, with approval, of the intention of the Sanctions

                    Committee to employ Kroll Associates for the next 16 weeks to follow-up on

                    certain financial areas that flow from the trade in diamonds and arms. So this

                    is one aspect for the Sanctions Committee business and Ambassador Ryan

                    is taking this forward and I understand that Kroll Associates will be engaged

                    for a period of 16 weeks to follow-up those precise aspects.


                    (Further question about use of private companies such as Kroll Associates)


                    Well from the UK point of view, this is a very welcome development in bringing

                    expertsise in quite a complex area. The Council will discuss the general

                    nature of going outside to experts beyond the UN, but there is a strong wish

                    that the United Nations itself, should develop a core competence in following

                    up sanctions regimes, and I think that will be a priority for the Council.


                    (Question about other expert panels on UN sanctions regimes in Africa)


                    Complex and energetic, but I do not think confusing, we are just getting down

                    to work with some detailed follow-up to the sanctions regimes that we have

                    instituted. The Council in the past has been criticised for putting sanctions

                    regimes in place and not following up. We have just had a question on

                    Afghanistan with, that in mind no doubt. I think in Africa we are showing that

                    we are following up on Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and now on the DRC and

                    the neighbourhood. I think this is a good thing, and Ambassador Ryan for one,

                    in the footsteps of Ambassadors Fowler and Heinbecker, is showing how

                    important this is in Angola and what implications it has for other regimes. I

                    think it is ground breaking but I do not think we are being confusing, I think we

                    are giving a very clear message that impunity for sanctions busters is a thing

                    of the past, complicated as the business is.