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10 August 2007, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter following adoption of Security Council Resolution 1770 on extension of mandate of UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI)

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, right now you plan to send 30 more people to UNAMI. When do you expect to see that expanded?

09 August 2007, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Today, we celebrate the contributions which indigenous peoples make to humanity through their rich civilizations. We also celebrate the partnership that has existed for three decades between indigenous peoples and the United Nations. From that partnership have emerged significant international achievements, including the proclamation of two International Decades of the World's Indigenous People, the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, and a United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

08 August 2007, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Korean peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement today in Seoul of a planned summit meeting on 28 August in Pyongyang between the leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. The Secretary-General believes that such a meeting offers a significant opportunity for the promotion of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation. He wishes to commend the two leaders for their initiative and hopes that this positive development will give further impetus to the progress made recently within the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

07 August 2007, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Floods in South Asia

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the hundreds of lives lost and the millions affected by floods in South Asia. He extends his condolences to the families of those who perished. He is also concerned by the economic devastation faced by the survivors.

While commending the prompt and effective response to the flooding by the affected countries, the Secretary-General reaffirms the United Nations' readiness to assist.

06 August 2007, Hiroshima, Japan

Secretary-General's message to the Peace Memorial Ceremony [delivered by Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs]

On this day, the citizens of Hiroshima gather in the shadow of this historic UNESCO World Heritage site to commemorate those who perished in the nuclear attack of 6 August 1945.

People around the world see this solemn ceremony not just as an occasion to honour the hibakusha and to pay respects to the dead; they see it as a powerful reminder of the work ahead in achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

03 August 2007, Mt. Hiei, Japan

Secretary-General's message to the 20th anniversary of the Religious Summit Meeting [delivered by Amb. Joseph Verner Reed, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General]

I am delighted to convey my warm wishes to all participants in this 20th anniversary summit meeting of religious leaders on Mt. Hiei.

Your anniversary occurs at a time of rising intolerance and growing cross-cultural tensions. It seems that in this age of satellite television and jet travel, distances have collapsed but divisions have not. Instead, our proximity has heightened longstanding suspicions of “the other” –the other religion, the other ethnicity, the other nationality. It has led increasing numbers of people to reject diversity in favour of the familiar.

02 August 2007, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Secretary-General's remarks at breakfast with leaders of civil society, the private sector and political parties of Haiti

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Cher amis et collègues,

C'est un grand plaisir de me trouver parmi vous ce matin. Je vous remercie de votre présence.

02 August 2007, Cite Soleil, Haiti

Secretary-General's remarks during his visit to Cite Soleil

It is a pleasure for me to visit this city. I know that the citizens of Cité Soleil have known a very difficult time. Now I am very much touched by what I have seen this morning, that you are fully [recovered] from this instability due to MINUSTAH and Police Commissioners efforts and I congratulate you again for your leadership and to have been elected as mayor of Cité Soleil.

MINUSTAH will continue to work jointly with the Haitian National Police in order to ensure security. After a long absence, the HNP has recently resumed patrols in Cité Soleil together with MINUSTAH.

02 August 2007, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Secretary-General's statement upon departure from Haiti

SG: Ladies and gentlemen,

01 August 2007, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Guatemala

The Secretary-General applauds today's decision by Guatemala's legislature to approve, as a matter of national urgency, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). He believes Guatemala has sent a clear message both to its people and to the international community that it is committed to fight crime and impunity, and to provide security for its citizens. Under the terms of its agreement with the Government of Guatemala, the United Nations will now work in close cooperation with the national government and judicial authorities to make CICIG a reality.