New York

21 June 2007

Secretary-General's statement on the 10th anniversary of the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord in Tajikistan

Thank you, Ambassador Aslov.

Your Excellency, Mr. Nazarov, Special Envoy of the President,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted and honoured to be present at this opening. The photographs at this exhibition tell a moving and inspiring story: the tale of Tajikistan's road to peace.

I offer warm congratulations to the Tajik people and Government on this 10th anniversary of the signing of the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord in Tajikistan.

The signing of the Peace Agreement was eloquent testimony to the wisdom and patriotism of the Tajik people and leadership. The 10 years that have passed since this auspicious event have reinforced the understanding that there is no viable alternative to the road of peace and national reconciliation.

More than a decade ago, the United Nations was with the people of Tajikistan in their time of need. The UN became instrumental in helping to restore peace and stability in the country. And today, Tajikistan stands as an excellent illustration of a UN success story, achieved jointly with the Tajik people and the guarantor countries.

Over these 10 years, the Tajik people have worked hard to rebuild their country, and made strides in strengthening its economy and state institutions. The UN is proud to have participated in the peacebuilding process through its mission in Tajikistan. A decade on, our commitment to working closely with the Government of Tajikistan is as firm as ever.

On this joyous anniversary, I wish the Government and the people of Tajikistan every success on the road to economic and social development, national revival and prosperity.

Thank you very much.