Press Releases

    SG/SM/9586
                                                                                                                            AFR/1065
                                                                                                                            15 November 2004

    Secretary-General Deeply Regrets Loss of Life in Wake of Violence in Côte d’Ivoire

    NEW YORK, 11 November (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General deeply regrets the loss of life that has occurred in the wake of the recent violent events in Côte d’Ivoire. The Secretary-General reiterates his call to all parties to ensure an end to violence in the country. In this regard, he condemns the use of hate media which is fuelling the tensions, xenophobia and inciting violent acts.

    He reminds all concerned that they may be held accountable for their acts, in conformity with international criminal, human rights and humanitarian law. The Secretary-General reiterates his appeal to the authorities to do everything possible to prevent the devastating resurgence of ethnic conflict and urgently take all necessary measures to put an end to violence against innocent civilians and destruction of property.

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