Kofi Annan

16 September 2002, Tokyo, Japan

Secretary-General's message to UNITAR Conference on UNTAET (delivered by Marcel Boisard, Executive Director of UNITAR)

I am very pleased to send my greetings to all the participants of the UNITAR-IPS-JIIA conference on UNTAET, as well as my thanks to the organizers and sponsors for providing this important opportunity for assessing a historic United Nations operation. As you meet in Tokyo, the current session of the General Assembly is preparing to receive East Timor as a new Member State of the United Nations.

23 September 2002, New York

Secretary-General's statement to Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Question of Palestine

Mr. President,

Less than a week ago, the Quartet met in this building and agreed on the need for a road map to achieve a permanent settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We agreed that it was essential and urgent for the Palestinians to take all possible steps to improve security, by bringing an immediate end to violence and terror. But we also agreed that it had to be done within the context of an overall plan, which must address the political, economic, humanitarian and institutional dimensions of the problem.

03 October 2002, New York

Secretary-General's press encounter upon arrival at Headquarters

Q: Mr. Secretary, the US thinks that there should not be really inspections before a resolution. Officials have talked about thwarting inspections –using that type of language. What is your sense?

09 October 2002, Rimini, Italy

Secretary-General's message to the Eighth International Meeting of the Rainbow International Association against Drugs [delivered by Mr. Antonio Mario Costa, Director-General, UNOV]

It gives me pleasure to send my greetings to this meeting of the Rainbow International Association Against Drugs.

17 October 2002, Astana, Kazakhstan

Secretary-General's remarks on receiving the Order of Dostyk from Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan

Thank you, Mr. President, for those kind words.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

You have truly honoured me by giving me the Order of Dostyk today. I know that Dostyk means friendship in your language. I cannot think of a theme that is of greater significance and relevance in Kazakhstan today.

- Friendship among your peoples, across ethnic lines, giving life to the concept of unity in diversity.

- Friendship with your neighbouring countries, through regional cooperation and conflict prevention.

24 October 2002, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the hostage-taking incident in Moscow

The Secretary-General is following with utmost concern the events unfolding in the Melnikov Street theatre in Moscow. He extends his heartfelt sympathy to the Government and people of the Russian Federation at this very difficult time, and urges the perpetrators to release all the hostages immediately and without pre-conditions. No cause can justify the use of force against innocent civilians.

31 October 2002, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Signing of a Declaration on the Cessation of Hostilities at the Somali National Reconciliation Conference

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing of a “Declaration on the Cessation of Hostilities and the Structures and Principles of the Somalia National Reconciliation Process” at the Somali National Reconciliation Conference in Eldoret, Kenya under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The Secretary-General urges the Somali parties to abide fully by the commitments they have made and to move into the next phase of the reconciliation process with determination and a true spirit of reconciliation.

11 November 2002, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, on Cyprus

The Secretary-General conveyed today to Mr. Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and to Mr. Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, a document providing a basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Copies of the document have also been conveyed to Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom in their capacity as guarantor powers under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee.

15 November 2002, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the situation in the Middle East including the question of Palestine

The Secretary-General is horrified by the despicable terrorist attack in the West Bank town of Hebron that today killed ten Jewish worshippers on their way to the Sabbath eve prayers and left many injured. He condemns this latest terrorist act against Israeli civilians in the strongest possible terms and conveys his heartfelt condolences to the families of victims and to the Government of Israel.

The Secretary-General reiterates his appeal to all Palestinian groups to stop all such acts of senseless violence, which are extremely harmful to the Palestinian cause.

20 November 2002, Zagreb, Croatia

Press encounter with the Secretary-General following his meeting with President Stjepan Mesic of Croatia

SECRETARY-GENERAL: Thank you very much. Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. As you heard from the President we had very friendly and constructive discussions. And I am personally very happy to be back in Zagreb, a city where I spent six months. And, as the President indicated, it was a very difficult period and for me to come back and to see the changes and how you are rebuilding and moving forward.