Kofi Annan

20 November 2003, New York

Press encounter by the Secretary-General following the Security Council luncheon (unofficial transcript)

SG: We had a very good discussion over lunch. We discussed many African issues, from the DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] to Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Burundi, and also the possibility that we may have to embark on new peacekeeping operations in Cote d'Ivoire as well as Burundi. And on Monday, there is a ministerial delegation from ECOWAS coming here to appeal to the [Security] Council to establish a peacekeeping operation in Cote d'Ivoire.

20 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter following Security Council meeting on Great Lakes region of Africa (unofficial transcript)

SG: Good morning. Ladies and gentlemen, let me say that we all woke up to another shocking news, and I condemn totally the latest terrorist attacks in Istanbul, and offer my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Governments and peoples of Turkey and the United Kingdom. And also, of course, I grieve with the loved ones of those who lost friends, relatives, and also those who have been injured. But of course those who carried out these attacks have no respect for human life and we should condemn utterly their actions.

18 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's 2004 Humanitarian Appeal Address

Thank you very much Mr. Chairman, Mr. President [of the Security Council, Ambassador Gaspar Martins], Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen and dear Friends,

It is a pleasure to be with you today to launch this annual Appeal on behalf of the humanitarian agencies of the United Nations, and non-governmental and Red Cross partner organizations. We are appealing to donors to provide $3 billion for 21 countries.

17 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General welcomes the voluntary repatriation to Rwanda of 103 members of the Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR) on 14 November, and congratulates Rwanda and the FDLR leaders for the strength of the political will demonstrated by them to negotiate this repatriation, and to end the long-standing conflict through a peaceful means.

17 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's message to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award Ceremony Honouring His Excellency Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, President of Italy (delivered by Mrs. Nane Annan)

It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest greetings to everyone who has gathered for this annual ceremony.

Peacekeeping operations and complex crises like the one in Iraq claim the lion's share of the headlines about the work of the United Nations. But our advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities occupies an important position in our global mission of peace, development and human rights.

17 November 2003, New York

Press Encounter with the Secretary-General on arrival at UN Headquarters

Q: Secretary-General, can you make some remarks on the AIDS briefing today in the Security Council? If we should be happy about the progress made since the AIDS Summit?

16 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of a UNHCR staff member in Afghanistan

The Secretary-General was distressed and angered to learn of the cold-blooded killing today of Ms. Bettina Goislard, an international staff member, and the wounding of a national staff member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the city of Ghazni in southern Afghanistan. He condemns this outrageous and contemptible act against unarmed UNHCR staff members who were assisting the people of Afghanistan.

16 November 2003, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter with President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi of Italy

SG: Good afternoon--I was going to say Ladies and Gentlemen, but I'm looking for the ladies.

Anyway, let me say that the President of Italy, a man for whom I have great respect and admiration, and I also consider him a friend, have had very good discussions this afternoon. We've talked about the complicated situation in Iraq, and the need for the international community to pool their efforts, working with the Iraqis and their neighbors in the regions to stabilize Iraq. We are convinced that a chaotic Iraq, in the middle of the Middle East, is not in anyone's interest.

15 November 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Istanbul bombings

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks which took place this morning at two synagogues in Istanbul. He is appalled at the loss of life. He extends his condolences to the Government of Turkey and to the families of the victims. He urges that all measures be taken to bring those responsible for these heinous acts to justice.

14 November 2003, New York

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

The Secretary-General welcomes the recent decision by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to conclude the Additional Protocol, to act in accordance with its provisions until its entry into force, and to suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.

He encourages the IAEA, the government of Iran and the other Governments that have been working with Iran on this matter to continue their efforts in this respect.