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    SG/SM/8956
    IK/399
    23 October 2003

    SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO
    ENSURE EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF
    INDEPENDENT PANEL ON STAFF SECURITY IN IRAQ

    NEW YORK, 22 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the report of the independent panel on the safety and security of United Nations personnel in Iraq:

    The security of the staff has been the constant concern of the Secretary-General and the Organization. There have been many previous evaluations of the United Nations Security Coordination System, but following the attacks on UN staff on 19 August, the Secretary-General decided that there should be an independent investigation and asked Mr. Martti Ahtisaari to head it. The reports of three earlier internal investigations were made available to his team.

    Mr. Ahtisaari’s report, while focusing on the attack of 19 August and security conditions in Iraq, has concluded with findings and recommendations regarding security in the wider UN system.  The report will be closely studied and steps taken to ensure early implementation of its main recommendations.

    The Secretary-General is very grateful to Mr. Ahtisaari for having accepted this assignment despite other demands on his time.

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