New York, 9 December 2003 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Darfur, SudanThe Secretary-General is alarmed at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Darfur region of Sudan, and by reports of widespread abuses against civilians, including killings, rape and the burning and looting of entire villages. Insecurity is also severely hampering humanitarian assistance efforts as many of the one million civilians affected by the conflict remain beyond the reach of relief workers.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties to the conflict to take all possible measures to reduce the impact of hostilities on civilians to the absolute minimum, including by granting humanitarian organizations safe and unimpeded access. He strongly encourages all parties to join the peace talks on Darfur that are scheduled to resume tomorrow, 10 December, in Abeche, Chad and urges them to finalize an all-inclusive ceasefire without further delay and respect it.
Statements on 9 December 2003
- Geneva, Switzerland, 9 December 2003 - Secretary-General's remarks at official welcome ceremony for the World Summit on the Information Society hosted by H.E. Mr. Pascal Couchepin, President of Switzerland
- New York, 9 December 2003 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on a bombing in Moscow
- Geneva, Switzerland, 9 December 2003 - Secretary-General's remarks at opening ceremony of the World Electronic Media Forum
- Geneva, Switzerland, 9 December 2003 - Secretary-General's remarks at the launch of the Global Commission on International Migration
- Merida, Mexico, 9 December 2003 - Secretary-General's message at the opening of the High-level Political Conference for the Purpose of Signing the UN Convention against Corruption [delivered by Hans Corell, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs]
- Accra, Ghana, 9 December 2003 - Secretary-General's message for souvenir brochure for launch of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in Information and Communications Technologies [delivered by Mr. Alfred Fawundu, UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana]