Kofi Annan

14 November 2003, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

The Secretary-General's address to the XIIIth Ibero-American Summit

Mr. President,

Your Majesty,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour to be invited to join you at this summit.

I do so with great humility, as someone coming from another continent, but also as someone who has long admired the vitality and diversity of Latin American culture with its rich indigenous, African, Spanish and Portuguese roots.

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.

14 November 2003, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Secretary-General's press conference at the XIIIth Ibero-American Summit (unofficial transcript)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the press,

I am very glad to have the chance to share with you my views and answer your questions. As members of the press, your work is vital to democracy in this region.

As you know, my presence at this Summit is the culmination of a visit to four countries of the Andean region –Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

This visit is an expression of my appreciation of the support that those countries give the United Nations.

But even more, it is a sign of my determination to pay greater attention to this region.

13 November 2003, La Paz, Bolivia

Secretary-General's remarks on being awarded the Grand Cross of the Condor de los Andes

Mr. President,

Mr. Foreign Minister,

Excellencies, distinguished guests and dear friends

You have said some very kind words about me, Mr. Foreign Minister, and you have done me a great honour with this award. I know it is a reflection of the esteem in which the people of Bolivia hold the United Nations.

13 November 2003, La Paz, Bolivia

Secretary-General's address to the Congress of Bolivia

Mr. [Ormando] Vaca Diez, [President of the Senate/President of the Congress a.i.], Mr. [Oscar] Arrien, [President of the House of Representatives], Distinguished senators and representatives, Members of the diplomatic corps,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you very much for that warm welcome.

13 November 2003, La Paz, Bolivia

Press encounter with President Carlos Mesa

[Transcript not yet available]

12 November 2003, El Alto, Bolivia

Secretary-General's remarks at Welcome Ceremony hosted by the City of El Alto

Muchas gracias, Honourable Mayor Paredes, for those kind words of welcome.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Alteños,

I am deeply moved by this honour, and by the warm reception you have given to my wife and me. We are very happy to be here.

This is our first visit to your city and to Bolivia –and it is certainly the first time that I have given a speech at more than 4,000 meters above sea level!

12 November 2003, Machu Picchu, Peru

Secretary-General's statement on Indigenous Peoples

I would like to than you (President Toledo) and Eliane for bringing Nane and me here.

12 November 2003, Cuzco, Peru

Secretary-General's remarks at ceremony in Cuzco

Mr. President of the Republic, my good friend, Mr. Carlos Cuaresma Sánchez, [President, Cuzco Regional Government], Mr. Carlos Valencia Miranda, [Mayor, Cuzco], Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for your warm words of welcome. I have heard very carefully everything you have said.

It is a great pleasure to be with you today in this beautiful and historic city. Thank you for the very warm welcome you have extended to us. Too often, I find during my travels as Secretary-General, that my visit is confined to a country's official capital. So this is a welcome change of pace.

11 November 2003, Lima, Peru

Secretary-General's address to the Congress of Peru

Mr. President, [Henry Pease, President of Congress], Members of Congress, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you very much for that warm welcome.