In talks with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today pledged that the UN system stands ready to help the country deal with its humanitarian crisis and human rights situation, a UN spokesman said in New York.
“The Secretary-General noted that he would maintain his good offices, which continue to be at the disposal of the parties to the conflict,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing.
Mr. Annan also expressed his concern over the humanitarian crisis that has resulted in more than 1 million internally displaced persons, and over the human rights situation, Mr. Eckhard said. The Secretary-General also noted that Government measures should be based on the full respect for international human rights laws.
“The Secretary-General reiterated his belief that peace in Colombia requires a political, negotiated solution,” the spokesman said.