Press Releases

    SG/SM/9645
    14 December 2004

    Remarks of Special Adviser at Arab Forum Do Not Reflect UN Policy, Says Secretary-General’s Spokesman

    NEW YORK, 13 December (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The remarks attributed to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, made at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai today, do not reflect United Nations policy, nor that of the Secretary-General.

    The Secretary-General has been working closely and harmoniously in the Quartet with the United States, the Russian Federation and the European Union to promote a settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians as part of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.

    United States leadership is indispensable.

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