Colombia: Annan pledges UN help for humanitarian crisis, human rights situation

26 September 2002
Kofi Annan with President Alvaro Uribe

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.


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