Annan concerned that statements about Syria not further destabilize Middle East

15 April 2003

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced his concern 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 (UN) Charter,” a spokesman said in a statement issued Monday night in New York.