Annan welcomes spirit of openness, forgiveness in Central African Republic talks

27 October 2003

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the work of the Dialogue of National Reconciliation in the Central African Republic, congratulating the participants for "the spirit of openness, forgiveness and understanding" that characterized their talks.

In a message delivered in the capital Bangui by his Personal Representative, Gen. Lamine Cissé, Mr. Annan "noted that those present during these discussions had understood the need for a permanent dialogue to sustain national unity and guarantee the well being of future generations."

National reconciliation, he added, "is not just an event; it is a process that requires determination well beyond the transition period."


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