New York

20 November 2003

Secretary-General's comments about Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico

Since this will be the last time I will be speaking in this Chamber in the presence of our friend, Ambassador [Adolfo Aguilar] Zinser from Mexico, let me also say how much we will miss him –his wit, his sense of humour, his independent spirit, and his keen sense of justice and fair play.

He has made a contribution and I am happy to know that even though he is leaving us, the UN and the Security Council, the UN will be with him and he will be one of our Ambassadors out there, and he will speak about the important and the indispensable role of this organization.

We will miss you, and you can leave with the full knowledge that you have made a difference, and you have made a contribution.

Thank you very much.