Sending condolences to Russia following attack in Grozny, Annan stresses futility of violence

27 December 2002

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today conveyed his sympathy to those affected by a deadly explosion in Grozny, underscoring the futility of the violence, according to his spokesman.

"The Secretary-General has today written to the President of the Russian Federation extending his condolences to the people and Government of the Russian Federation and, in particular, to the families of those killed or injured in the blast which occurred today at a Russian government building in Grozny," the spokesman reported in a statement released in New York.

The letter noted that "such acts cannot advance any cause and only add to the suffering of a region that has endured so much already."


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