15 April 2003

Secretary-General Concerned Recent Statements Directed at Syria Not Contribute to Wider Destabilization

NEW YORK, 14 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is concerned that recent statements directed at Syria should not contribute to a wider destabilization in a region already affected heavily by the war in Iraq. The Secretary-General welcomes recent clarifications in this regard, and reiterates his strongly held view that any claim of threats to international peace and security should be addressed in conformity with the provisions of the Charter.

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