Kofi Annan

16 December 1998, New York

Secretary-General Deeply Regrets That United Nations Efforts to Seek Peace in Iraq Have Proved Insufficient

The following is a statement to the press by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on United Kingdom-United States military action against Iraq, in New York:

This is a sad day for the United Nations, and for the world. My thoughts tonight are with the people of Iraq, with the 370 United Nations humanitarian workers who remain in the country, and with all others whose lives are in danger.

15 June 1998, Rome

Secretary-General Opens United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court

I have the honour to declare open this United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court.

I wish to acknowledge the generosity of the Italian Government, which is hosting this Conference, as it has done for other landmark United Nations conferences in the past, and to express my appreciation of the strong support given by Italy to the United Nations and its activities in general. We are particularly honoured by the presence of President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro with us today.

10 December 1997, Tehran

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines and illuminates global pluralism and diversity, Says Secretary-General on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration

It is a special pleasure for me to address you today, at this distinguished university, in the heart of your great and ancient land. I have long looked forward to visiting Iran, and I am grateful for the generous welcome I have received. Iran is living through a time of great promise and change. The eyes of the world are upon you. With vision, pride and compassion, you are renewing your nation. I congratulate you on your success.

02 June 1997, Harare

Address by Kofi Annan to the Annual Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)

Following is the address given by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Annual Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at Harare:

It is an honour and a privilege for me to be here in Harare today, addressing the leaders of Africa at this Annual Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

On behalf of us all, I pay tribute to President Robert Mugabe. We thank him, and the Government and people of Zimbabwe, for the warmth of their welcome and the graciousness of their hospitality.

17 December 1996, General Assembly

Statement to the General Assembly by Secretary-General designate, Kofi Annan, 17 December 1996

Mr. President, respected Secretary-General, distinguished Ambassadors:

Thank you all for your kind words. I am deeply moved by the good wishes of so accomplished a group of speakers.

Mr. President, I have long admired the imagination and determination you have brought to the difficult challenges of multilateral diplomacy, and I should like to express my appreciation of the leadership you have demonstrated in taking this session of the General Assembly through its demanding schedule to an efficient and productive conclusion.