Combating terrorism

24 September 2001, General Assembly

Address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the United Nations General Assembly

Following is the text of the address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the United Nations General Assembly:

Two weeks ago, as you will all remember, we were looking forward to this day, as the day when we would begin our General Debate.

Many of you expected to be represented here by your head of State or government, or by your foreign minister.

I had, myself, hoped to set out for you what I see as the main priorities for the work of the Organization over the next five years.

But alas, Mr. President, that was two weeks ago.

11 September 2001, New York

Secretary-General Condemns Terrorist Attacks on the United States

We are all traumatized by this terrible tragedy. We do not know yet how many people have been killed or injured, but inevitably the number will be high. Our first thoughts and prayers must be for them and for their families. I wish to express my profound condolences to them, and to the people and Government of the United States.

There can be no doubt that these attacks are deliberate acts of terrorism, carefully planned and coordinated -- and as such I condemn them utterly. Terrorism must be fought resolutely wherever it appears.