April 13, 2008 |
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga struck a deal on a power-sharing Cabinet after secret one-on-one talks to end a six-week impasse, sources close to the talks said. The formation of a coalition Cabinet is the crux of a deal to end the east African nation's postelection crisis. More than 1,200 people died and 300,000 were displaced in the country's bloodiest period since independence in 1963. There were no immediate details about the makeup or size of the Cabinet.
February 24, 1998 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan looked slightly puzzled when he emerged from his Paris hotel Monday evening to a rousing welcome from hordes of excited teenagers waiting for rock star Madonna. Witnesses said Annan, who arrived in Paris after peace negotiations in Baghdad and was going to dine with President Jacques Chirac, smiled and waved as the crowd cheered when he was bundled into his car by security men.
June 16, 2006 |
India nominated senior U.N. official and author Shashi Tharoor on Thursday to succeed Kofi Annan when his 10-year term as United Nations secretary-general concludes at the end of the year. Tharoor, 50, an Indian, is the U.N. undersecretary-general for communications and public information. New Delhi said it strongly supported the principle of regional rotation, under which the next secretary-general should be from Asia. China also has made it clear it wants the next U.N. chief to be Asian.
May 31, 1998 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan approved Baghdad's plan for distributing food and medicine purchased under the oil-for-food plan, paving the way for Iraq to export as much as $5.2 billion worth of oil over the next six months. Annan's approval of the distribution plan was the last major hurdle to be cleared before the next phase of the sales plan could begin. The current phase expires Tuesday. U.N.
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.
February 18, 2000 |
An emotional U.N. chief Kofi Annan was greeted with cheers and tears when he arrived in East Timor, laying a wreath at a church where dozens of people were massacred during a wave of violence last year. Annan and his wife, Nane, shed tears as he laid the wreath in the town of Liquisa, scene of some of the worst bloodshed before and after a U.N.-run vote in which the East Timorese overwhelmingly chose to break away from Indonesian rule. A U.N.
January 1, 2003 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that there was no argument for a U.S. strike against Iraq before weapons inspectors report on their mission. Annan said Iraq was cooperating with arms inspectors and he saw no need for military action until the inspectors -- searching Iraq for suspected biological, chemical or nuclear weapons programs -- report to the Security Council by Jan. 27. U.N.
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February 27, 1998 |
Coming back from Baghdad on his way to New York Tuesday evening, Kofi Annan stopped in Paris for dinner with Jacques Chirac. While heaping praise on the U.N. secretary general for his magnificent diplomatic feat, French diplomats and commentators made it clear that it was French diplomacy and Chirac's statecraft that had won the day. They cited Chirac's bold speech calling for an end to the sanctions and his well-timed refusal to participate in the planned U.S. attack.
August 16, 2005 |
The U.N. announced new measures Monday to strengthen oversight of contracting after a senior U.N. official pleaded guilty last week to soliciting nearly $1 million in bribes for confidential bidding information. An outside consulting firm will soon join the U.N.'s internal investigators and the U.S. attorney's office in examining how many contracts may have gone to the highest bribe, not the lowest bid, and to ensure it doesn't happen again.