8 May 2004
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Press Encounter
UN Headquarters, 7 May 2004
Mr. Secretary-General, your reaction to the reports of threat against you
by Osama Bin Laden, against you and Lakhdar Brahimi, considering the climate,
what's your reaction to this? You
have been threatened before, but this time it's more pointed.
Obviously, we take it seriously and we will have to take precautions and
then carry on with my life and my work.
How will it affect the work of you, your Organization and Mr. Brahimi,
this sort of threat?
I think we need to carry on with our work. As
I said, we have to take precautions and do carry on with you work and with your
life. And that's what we're going to
What about the international community's reaction on Darfur?
Is it too late in terms of coming to any type of activity to help there?
As you know, the two teams that went down are now coming to brief the Security
Council. And Mr. James Morris (World
Food Programme), whom I spoke to, has some very concrete ideas as to what we can
do. And I myself have been on the
phone fairly regularly with the Sudanese President on their obligations and
responsibilities. Today, he would
also inform the Council that the African Union monitors, who are going to
monitor the ceasefire in Darfur, will begin to arrive shortly.
Do you think apologies from US officials will be enough to calm waters in
the Mideast regarding the photos of prisoner abuses?
I think the actions that we saw in those pictures have done damage.
I'm relieved that US leaders have taken it quite seriously, including the
President saying he was sorry for what happened.
And I hope the people in the region pay attention to that reaction. Thank