Press Releases

    SG/SM/9300
                                                                                                                            AFR/923
                                                                                                                            11 May 2004

    Secretary-General Deeply Concerned over Reports of Growing Communal Clashes in Nigeria

    NEW YORK, 10 May (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text of a statement attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over reports of growing communal clashes in Nigeria, and condemns the attacks in the village of Yelwa in Plateau State where hundreds of people lost their lives last week.

    The Secretary-General welcomes the concerted efforts of the authorities and the affected communities not only to investigate the Yelwa killings with a view to bringing those responsible to justice, but also to promote the peaceful resolution of disputes.  He appeals for swift action to ensure the rule of law, and to promote reconciliation, and supports the Government’s efforts to protect the safety of all citizens throughout the country.

    * *** *