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17 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The Secretary-General was pleased to receive on 15 August 2007 a letter from Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende informing him that the Government of the Netherlands is favourably disposed to hosting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which was created to prosecute those responsible for the attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others. Pursuant to Security Council resolution 1757 (2007), the Secretary-General is taking the steps and measures necessary to establish the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in a timely manner.

17 August 2007, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at Baghdad bombing commemmoration ceremony

Dear family, members of victims and friends, Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen.

The bombing of the Canal Hotel on 19 August 2003 remains one of the UN's darkest days. Four years on, our hearts remain heavy.

17 August 2007, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to CNN at the ceremony observing the anniversary of the Baghdad bombing [unofficial transcript]

Q: Where were you four years ago?

SG: I was working as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea.

But today, I feel very sad and moved by what has happened. I am very much committed to work for those families and friends of the victims, and friends who were there. The safety and security of our staff is a paramount concern for us, and I am going to take necessary actions to strengthen our safety capacity of our staff. Thank you very much.

16 August 2007, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Secretary-General's message to the seventh Summit of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization [delivered by B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

I am honoured to convey warm greetings to the Presidents of the six Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Secretary-General of your Organization, representatives of Observer Countries, and distinguished guests at this Seventh Summit of Heads of State.

16 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on earthquake in Peru

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death and destruction wrought by a powerful earthquake south of Lima, Peru. He extends his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died.

The United Nations is in close contact with the Government of Peru and stands ready to support relief efforts with measures including the release of emergency funds and the deployment of a team of disaster assessment and coordination experts.

15 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on bomb attacks in Iraq

The Secretary-General was shocked and saddened by the series of attacks that took place yesterday in northern Iraq in the villages of Qahtaniya, al-Jazeera and Tal Uzair which reportedly left at least 200 people dead and many more wounded. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of those killed and his wishes for a full and speedy recovery to those wounded. The Secretary-General reiterates in the strongest terms his condemnation of such attacks against civilian targets, including the one on a bridge in Taji, north of Baghdad, on the same day.

14 August 2007, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter following monthly luncheon with members of the Security Council

SG: Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. I'm glad to see you again.

I had a very good meeting with the Security Council members. We mainly discussed the situation in Darfur, Haiti, Somalia, Chad and the Middle East.

I will be happy to answer your questions.

13 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on elections in Sierra Leone

The Secretary-General was pleased to learn that polling in Sierra Leone's presidential and parliamentary elections was successfully conducted on 11 August in a generally peaceful atmosphere, with high voter turnout. The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Sierra Leone for showing their commitment to the consolidation of peace and democracy in their country and commends the National Electoral Commission and Sierra Leone's security agencies for putting in place security and administrative arrangements that facilitated the efficient conduct of the polling process.

13 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on release of hostages in Afghanistan

The Secretary-General is pleased to note that two hostages from the Republic of Korea have been released in Afghanistan.

He hopes that the remaining Korean, Afghan and German hostages will be released in the coming days.

10 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Sierra Leone elections scheduled for 11 August

The Secretary-General is pleased to note that the first elections to be conducted by the Sierra Leonean authorities after the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in December 2005 will take place tomorrow, 11 August, as scheduled. The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), United Nations Development Programme and other international partners have provided technical assistance to the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone to ensure that the elections preparations meet international standards.