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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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New York, 18 July 2005 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General is increasingly concerned by the human rights and humanitarian impact of the recent demolitions of what the Government of Zimbabwe has called illegal settlements. He appointed on 20th of June Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, as his Special Envoy and asked her to visit the country and investigate the situation.

Mrs. Tibaijuka visited the country and, with the cooperation of the Government of Zimbabwe, conducted an exhaustive examination. The Secretary-General will receive her report in the coming days and will study its contents to determine the next steps for the United Nations. The report will be made public after the Government of Zimbabwe has received an advance copy.

Statements on 18 July 2005