New York

13 December 2006

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Human Rights Council and Darfur

The Secretary-General is pleased that the Human Rights Council has taken robust action to address the grave human rights situation in Darfur. He welcomes the Council's resolution, adopted by consensus, to dispatch a high-level mission to Darfur, composed of highly qualified individuals to be appointed by the President of the Council. The decision of the Human Rights Council sends a united message that the ongoing violence and killing in Darfur is unacceptable and must stop.