While much has been achieved in Guatemala, the poverty and discrimination facing large sectors of the population threaten the gains of the country's peace process, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just issued report to the General Assembly on the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquake that struck southern Peru on Saturday, and extended his condolences to the Peruvian Government and the families of the victims.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan supports the call by the Organization of American States (OAS) for all Haitians to commit themselves to resolve the current political crisis, a United Nations spokesman said today in New York.
Congratulating Alejandro Toledo Manrique on his election as President of Peru, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today wished him success in rebuilding and strengthening the country's democratic institutions, consolidating the rule of law and bringing greater prosperity to all Peruvians.
On a one-day official visit to Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with senior members of the United States Congress to discuss issues of mutual concern, including regional hotspots such as Iraq and the Balkans as well as the AIDS pandemic and the United Nations budget.
Experts from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean gathered at the United Nations offices in Santiago, Chile, today, for a two-day seminar on attracting tourists who wish to experience the region's ecological wonders.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan will pay an official visit to the United States capital tomorrow to discuss matters of mutual concern with key Congressional leaders, including those charged with foreign policy, his spokesman announced today.