SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS COUP ATTEMPT
NEW YORK, 9 June (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns ongoing armed attempts to overthrow the constitutional Government of President Ould Taya in Mauritania. He is deeply concerned over reports of widespread violence, injuries suffered by the civilian population and looting.
The Secretary-General reiterates his firm condemnation of any attempt to change the government of any country by force or by other unconstitutional means.
He calls for an immediate end to the violence and for a peaceful approach to resolving any difference.
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