Kofi Annan

30 December 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the sinking of an Indonesian passenger ferry

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the deaths of hundreds of people as a result of the sinking of a ferry traveling between Borneo and Java islands in Indonesia. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured in the accident, and commends the valiant rescue attempts by Indonesian authorities, who are working under extremely challenging circumstances.

27 December 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Death of former US President Gerald Ford

The Secretary-General mourns the passing of former President Gerald Ford, the thirty-eighth President of the United States, who died yesterday at the age of 93. He extends his sincere condolences to Mrs. Betty Ford, to the family of the former President and to the government and People of the United States.

26 December 2006, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Explosion of fuel pipeline in Nigeria

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened at the deaths of hundreds of people as a result of the explosion of a fuel pipeline in Adule Egba district of Lagos, Nigeria. He extends his deepest condolences to the Government, the bereaved families and to all others affected by this disaster.

26 December 2006, New York

Statement by the Secretary-General on the situation in Sri Lanka on the second anniversary of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean two years ago, there was great hope that recovery and reconstruction would be underpinned by a new spirit of peace and reconciliation, as the same disaster engulfed friend and foe alike. And indeed, in Aceh and at least initially in Sri Lanka, solidarity among the victims, crossing political, national and ethnic lines, gave us all a moving example of swords turned into ploughshares.

23 December 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the adoption of the General Assembly resolution on the Capital Master Plan

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption of the Resolution on the Capital Master Plan by the General Assembly. Thanks to the funding of 1,876.7 million dollars, it will be possible to undertake a general refurbishment of United Nations Headquarters in New York between 2007 and 2014, for the first time since most of the buildings were completed in the early 1950s.

22 December 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Somalia

The Secretary-General strongly deplores the recent outbreak of fighting between the forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) near Baidoa. He is deeply concerned that the escalation of conflict in Somalia will have disastrous consequences for civilians, who are already suffering from the effects of years of instability and deprivation, compounded by the severe flooding that has recently affected parts of the country.

22 December 2006, New York

Statement by the Secretary-General on the sentence of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor in Libya

I have long been following the painful events taking place in Libya regarding the trial of the five Bulgarian nurses, the Palestinian doctor and the fate of the infected children. I was greatly encouraged by the glimpse of hope offered by the appeals process and by the way the international community had recently come together to provide treatment and medicines to the infected children.

22 December 2006, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council following adoption of Resolution 1733

Thank you, Mr. President, for those very kind words. And thank you also for proposing the resolution that the Council has just passed –by which, needless to say, I am deeply honoured.

21 December 2006, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of President Niyazov of Turkmenistan

The Secretary-General has learned of the sudden death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov. President Niyazov made important contributions to United Nations peace processes in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the family of the late President and people of Turkmenistan.