31 March 2004






Statements Attributable to the Spokesman of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

30 March 2004


Secretary-General strongly condemns terrorist bombings

in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


"The Secretary-General expressed his dismay about the series of terrorist bombings and other violent acts perpetrated in the past two days in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, and the provincial centre Bukhara, which reportedly claimed the lives of more than 20 people and left more than 50 injured, most of them civilians. 

The Secretary-General condemns those criminal acts in the strongest terms.  Targeting of civilians is a crime which cannot be justified by any cause."




Secretary-General saddened at killing of member of UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo


"The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the killing of a United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) contingent member near Bukavu yesterday.  While the perpetrators of the incident remain unknown, he condemns in the strongest possible terms any attempts to deter MONUC from carrying out its mandate.


MONUC is carrying out a full investigation into the incident."




Secretary-General saddened by death of Alistair Cooke


"The Secretary-General was saddened by the death of Alistair Cooke.  The Secretary-General was a great admirer of Mr. Cooke’s renowned “Letter from America”.  But Mr. Cooke also had a special place in the history of the United Nations.  In 1945, as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian, he covered the San Francisco conference at which the United Nations was founded.  And from 1961 to 1967, he was the producer and on-camera presenter for “International Zone”, a globally distributed programme on world affairs produced by the UN Department of Public Information.  The Secretary-General pays tribute to Mr. Cooke’s lifelong efforts to increase mutual understanding between peoples, and extends condolences to Mr. Cooke’s family and all others touched by this loss."