SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES LAUNCH OF WEAPONS
OF MASS DESTRUCTION COMMISSION
NEW YORK, 16 December (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text of the message by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the launch of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission in Stockholm today:
I welcome the launch of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission chaired by Dr. Hans Blix. The Commission faces a task of the utmost importance -- providing proposals on how to make progress in non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, and on how to minimize the risk of these weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. I commend this timely initiative taken by the late Foreign Minister of Sweden, Anna Lindh, and look forward to fruitful cooperation between the Commission and the United Nations.
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