Kofi Annan

01 December 2003, Johannesburg, South Africa

Message of the Secretary-General to the 24th General Assembly of the World Veterans Federation

I send my greetings to the veterans and victims of war who have gathered in Johannesburg for the 24th General Assembly of the World Veterans Federation.

Yours is a unique grouping. You bring together former belligerents, the enemies of yesterday, to reconcile and to become friends today, and to work for a peaceful tomorrow.

29 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

I join with those from around the world who today express the deepest solidarity with the Palestinian people in their continued suffering. They remain stateless and oppressed. In expressing solidarity with them, I do not ignore the suffering of the people of Israel. They remain insecure and terrorized. The terrible events of the past three years, and the dire situation on the ground today, should be proof to all that the more each side harms the other, the more it wounds itself, and the more it jeopardizes chances for a peaceful settlement.

28 November 2003, Rome, Italy

Secretary-General's message to the Fourth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates [delivered by Ms. Shalini Dewan, Director, UN Information Centre]

It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to all the Nobel Peace laureates gathered in Rome. I know you all join me in congratulating this year's winner, Ms. Shirin Ebadi. The award should serve as an inspiration to women and men, Muslims and non-Muslims, and human rights defenders around the world.

27 November 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva]

It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to all participants in the Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons.

27 November 2003, Brasilia, Brazil

Secretary-General's message to the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development [delivered by Mr. Carlos Lopes, UN Resident Coordinator]

Today, more people than ever travel for recreation. Tourism has become the world's largest economic sector and a central factor in the life of many people. As tourism spans an increasingly wide range of issues and activities, it cannot be looked at in isolation from the global UN agenda.

26 November 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's message to the Fifth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of UN Office in Geneva]

I send my best wishes to all participants in the Fifth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Amended Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices.

24 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a call to action on behalf of countless women around the world whose daily lives are marred by violence and abuse. Gender-based violence is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace.

24 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at the meeting of the Security Council with the Ministers of the Economic Community of West African States on Cote d&#39Ivoire

Monsieur le Président,

Messieurs les Ministres,

Excellences,

Permettez-moi tout d'abord de féliciter les dirigeants de la CEDEAO, en particulier les Présidents Kufuor et Obasanjo, pour leurs efforts inlassables en faveur d'une solution à la crise en Côte d'Ivoire.

24 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation between India and Pakistan

The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the announcement by Pakistan of its decision to implement a unilateral ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the Eid Al-Fitr and India's positive response to the offer. He is encouraged by recent efforts by the two countries to build confidence in their relations and to address outstanding problems.

22 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Georgia

The Secretary-General continues to follow with concern the volatile situation in Georgia. He reiterates his call to all parties to exercise restraint, and urges them to do everything possible to initiate a viable political dialogue towards a peaceful solution to this crisis.