Kofi Annan

22 November 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General congratulates the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on the signing yesterday of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Through ending the armed conflict, the people of Nepal now have the opportunity to build lasting peace in an inclusive democracy.

22 November 2006, New York

Press encounter with the Secretary-General following Security Council consultations on Sudan

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, are you convinced that the Sudanese Government is going to, as it has agreed to, accept a joint African Union-UN force, because already there are indications that the Sudanese may be backsliding?

SG: Well, I spoke to President [Omer Hassan Al-]Bashir today, and he has indicated that he will be writing to me shortly. And I think I should wait for his letter.

21 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's press conference

SG: Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is as usual a pleasure to meet with you this morning and perhaps this will be one of our, this will be our last encounter, your last encounter with me as Secretary-General, and I want to thank you, over the years, the courtesies and the way you've covered the Organization and my own activities. Of course, we in New York sometimes seem to think that we are the centre of the world.

21 November 2006, New York

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

The Secretary-General was shocked to learn today of the assassination of Pierre Gemayel, the Minister of Industry of Lebanon and one of the leaders of the 14 March movement, who believed strongly in an independent, democratic and united Lebanon. The Secretary-General strongly condemns this murder and extends his deepest sympathies to the family and to the Government of Lebanon.

21 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's press conference

SG: Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is as usual a pleasure to meet with you this morning and perhaps this will be one of our, this will be our last encounter, your last encounter with me as Secretary-General, and I want to thank you, over the years, the courtesies and the way you've covered the Organization and my own activities. Of course, we in New York sometimes seem to think that we are the centre of the world.

20 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's remarks on accepting the Prize of the Fondation pour Geneve

Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs, Chers amis,

Permettez-moi tout d'abord de vous remercier, tous, pour vos paroles si aimables et si élogieuses, que je ne suis pas sûr de mériter mais que j'accepte humblement.

C'est pour moi un grand honneur de recevoir le prix 2006 de la Fondation pour Genève.

Ce prix me touche à plus d'un titre.

20 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary-General's remarks at inauguration of new UNAIDS/WHO Building

Thank you very much my dear friends. It is very moving for me to be here this morning. When I first joined WHO as a young international civil servant in 1962 the whole of WHO was in the Palais sharing the Palais with other organizations, and I believe it occupied from Door Four to Door Two as you come in, and everybody fitted [laughter]. We were all in there with the Director-General Dr. M.G. Candau. Then next time I came you had the other building, which was also very nice. And today you have a new ¡§green¡¨ building, which is really exceptional.

20 November 2006, Geneva

Secretary-General's remarks to the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Five years ago, in this very room, you faced the dire prospect of stalemate and deadlock. In becoming States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, you had demonstrated your determination to do your part in preventing disease from being used as a weapon. But when it came to strengthening the Convention through a protocol, years of negotiations had failed to achieve a consensus. Deep and bitter divisions threatened to bring collective efforts against biological weapons to a permanent halt.

20 November 2006, Geneva

Secretary-General's joint press encounter with Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, Turkish Cypriot Leader (Secretary-General's remarks only)

SG: I had a very constructive discussion with Mr. Talat, the head of the Turkish Cypriot community. And we went over the status of the progress on the talks. We discussed the measures that both parties are to take with my representative, Michael Moller, on the island, to ensure that the parties prepare effectively, not only as confidence-building measures, but as a step towards full resumption of negotiations aimed at settling the Cyprus issue.

18 November 2006, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Address of the Secretary-General on Accepting the Max Schmidheiny Freedom Prize

Thank you very much, President Gomez, for those kind words. I am deeply moved to be awarded this Freedom Prize. Given the exceptional individuals and organizations who have accepted it before me -- from Mohammed Yunus to the Red Cross -- I am also humbled.

It has taken far too long for me to be able to come here and accept the Prize in person. But I was determined to do so before I leave office as Secretary-General, and I very much appreciate your patience.