Kofi Annan

15 September 2003, New York

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Trade Talks in Cancun

The Secretary-General regrets that the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancún was suspended without agreement, but hopes this is not the end of the road, and that the Doha Round will still deliver on its promise of greater exchange and prosperity for all, especially the developing countries.

15 September 2003, Bangkok, Thailand

Secretary-General's message to the 5th meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction [delivered by Mr. Hak-Su Kim, Executive Secretary of ES

It gives me great pleasure to convey my greetings to all participants in the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction.

15 September 2003, Vienna, Austria

Secretary-General's message to the Forty-Seventh General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency [delivered by Mr. Nobuyasu Abe, USG for Disarmament Affairs]

I am pleased to send my greetings to the forty-seventh General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Some fifty years after the “Atoms for Peace” initiative, the IAEA's work in promoting the peaceful use of nuclear technologies and verifying compliance with solemn safeguards obligations is more important than ever.

15 September 2003, New York

Secretary-General upon arrival at UNHQ (unofficial transcript)

Q: Mr. Secretary-General. Good morning, welcome back. What did the Geneva session accomplish? It seems like there are still differences between the French and the US positions.

SG: I think it was a very good session. You shouldn't forget that this was the first time since the war that the permanent five have sat in one room to discuss this crucial issue of Iraq. And right from the beginning we had issued a statement that we had not gone to Geneva to settle the resolution; besides, it will require the entire Council to settle that resolution.

14 September 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Guinea-Bissau

The Secretary-General condemns the coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau and calls for the restoration of constitutional order. He further calls on the parties concerned not to resort to any acts of violence or retribution and urges that every effort be made to ensure the safety and security of all.

13 September 2003, Geneva

Transcript of the press conference held by the UN Secretary-General and the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council

Bilingual Version (English Version Follows)

Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, was accompanied by Li Zhaoxing, the Foreign Minister of China, Dominique de Villepin, the Foreign Minister of France; Igor Ivanov, the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation; Jack Straw, the Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, and Colin Powell, the Secretary of State of the United States.

13 September 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Remarks by the Secretary-General at the start of the meeting in Geneva of the five permanent members of the Security Council

Before we start, I would like to say a few words about our colleague, and my friend, Anna Lindh. I know we were all shocked and deeply saddened to learn of her death a few days ago.

We will remember her as a great Foreign Minister, a great Swede, a great European and a true internationalist, and a determined friend of the United Nations.

But above all, we will miss her -- her personality, her dynamism, her intellect and the passion with which she defended causes she so strongly believed in.

12 September 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the International Criminal Court - Victims Trust Fund

The Secretary-General welcomes the election today of the Board of Directors of the Victims Trust Fund established by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Secretary-General is pleased that five distinguished international figures have been elected to manage the Trust Fund, the success of which will have an important bearing on the success of the Court itself.

12 September 2003, New York

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the decision of the Security Council to lift sanctions against the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption today by the Security Council of a resolution lifting sanctions against the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

The Secretary-General hopes that this important step, along with the settlement arrangements agreed following many years of intensive negotiations, will help bring some comfort to the families of the victims of the tragic events over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 and Niger in 1989 as the international community strives to bring this tragic chapter to a close.

12 September 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Israel's decision to expel Yasser Arafat

The Secretary-General strongly urges the Israeli government to reconsider the Security Cabinet's decision in principle to expel President Yasser Arafat. The forcible transfer of President Arafat is dangerous and counter productive in a situation of tension and instability in the region.

The Secretary-General notes that the trend of developments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent weeks has been increasingly grim. He urges both sides to live up to their responsibilities under the Quartet's Road Map and to exercise the utmost restraint and statesmanship.