November 21, 2002 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met in Belgrade with the chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor, a gesture apparently aimed at stepping up pressure on Yugoslav officials to arrest suspects wanted by The Hague tribunal. Carla Del Ponte has complained repeatedly that Yugoslavia has failed to apprehend key suspects, including the Bosnian Serb wartime army commander, Gen. Ratko Mladic. "There is no political will to arrest him," Del Ponte said after meeting Annan.
May 15, 2002 |
CYPRUS * U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Cyprus to tell leaders they need a peace breakthrough by June to stave off the prospect of the European Union admitting a divided island in 2004. Annan said he was concerned that reunification talks between Greek Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot President Rauf R. Denktash had fallen well behind schedule.
May 16, 2001 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin held talks in the Kremlin, touching on conflicts in the Middle East and the Balkans as well as U.N. sanctions on Iraq. "We agreed that in this interdependent world we need the United Nations more than ever," Annan told reporters after more than an hour of what he called "good and useful" talks with Putin, Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.
January 25, 2002 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and called for talks between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue and avert another crisis. Annan, who was on a two-day visit to Pakistan, said ending the immediate crisis--a major military buildup along the shared border--was not enough. He called for a "sustained and determined action against extremist groups . . .
April 24, 2001 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a youth magazine he considers former South African President Nelson Mandela and French President Jacques Chirac the most humorous world leaders he has met. In an interview published in the May issue of Nickelodeon magazine, Annan was asked which world leader had the best sense of humor. "Nelson Mandela has a good sense of humor. And so does Jacques Chirac," he replied.
November 6, 2001 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan accused Osama bin Laden of insulting the people of the Third World by scorning democracy and human rights. "When Bin Laden maintains that democracy and human rights are only products of the West, I find that insulting for the people of the Third World whom he pretends to defend," Annan told France's Le Figaro newspaper in Paris. But Annan warned that the U.S.
August 7, 2002 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Iraq on Tuesday that the organization's chief weapons inspector could go to Baghdad for talks only if discussions focused on practical arrangements for inspections, which have been barred for nearly four years. Though Annan did not turn down Iraq's invitation for chief inspector Hans Blix to visit, he listed U.N.
March 22, 2001 |
It's the worst-kept secret at the United Nations: Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to seek another five-year term. After months of speculation, he is expected to make it official at a news conference today, diplomats say. When asked Wednesday about the topic for the news briefing, U.N.
March 11, 2005 |
In a bid to reinvigorate the U.N.'s role in international security, Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday proposed a global treaty against terrorism at a summit in Madrid. In a keynote speech, Annan called terrorism an attack on the U.N.'s "core values" and said the world body must be at the forefront of the battle against it. Annan made his remarks at the world terrorism conference marking the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that took 191 lives.
April 21, 2004 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Tuesday for a broad new U.N. mission in Haiti that would include 6,700 troops and more than 1,600 international police as well as experts to help turn the Caribbean nation into "a functioning democracy." The U.N. military contingent would replace the 3,600-strong U.S.-led multinational force sent to bring stability after a three-week rebellion ousted Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in February.