Press Releases

    SG/SM/9196
                                                                                                                            15 March 2004

    Arrangements Being Made to Read Contents of Rwanda “Black Box”, Found at UN Headquarters

    NEW YORK, 12 March (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The “black box” sent to UN Headquarters from Rwanda in 1994, and just discovered here the day before yesterday, has been turned over to the Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Mr. Dileep Nair, who is inquiring into the circumstances in which senior officials were not informed that it had reached UNHQ.

    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based in Montreal, Canada, was consulted and has advised that the “black box” should be sent to an agency competent to read out its contents, in the presence of an ICAO monitor.  The arrangements required are under way, and the “black box” will be carried by hand for the read out.  When this is received by the UN, the next steps will be decided.

    * *** *