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BBC World Service - Kofi Annan
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Strict embargo: 21.00hrs (GMT) Tuesday, December 10
Annan says 'disarmament - thoroughly and completely' only path to peace for Iraq
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan made a direct appeal to the Iraqi people warning "disarmament - 
thoroughly and completely" is essential if Iraq wants to be put back on the path to peace and 

Kofi Annan's comments were made as he delivered the BBC World Service 70th birthday lecture before 
a specially invited audience in the UN Building in New York this evening (Tuesday, December 10).

The lecture, which was followed by questions from World Service listeners and members of the 
audience, will be broadcast on BBC World Service at 1305 GMT and on BBC World at 1330 pm on 
Wednesday, December 11.  Text and audio can also be heard at

The lecture also included appeals for peace in the Middle East.

Kofi Annan said: " who are listening in Iraq, under the threat of new hostilities.  A 
peaceful resolution is possible, if your Government complies fully with its obligations under 
Security Council resolutions.

"As you know, it has just made a declaration of its weapons programmes and related work, as the 
Council required it to do. The inspection teams are doing their work, seeking to verify the 
correctness and completeness of that declaration, and to ensure that any remaining weapons of mass 
destruction are destroyed.

"It is essential, if Iraq is to be put back on the path to peace and prosperity, that this work of 
disarmament be done thoroughly and completely.  You (the Iraqi people) cannot hope to see the 
sanctions lifted so long as your government retains weapons of mass destruction.  I would be 
deceiving you if I were to suggest otherwise.

He said: "Meanwhile, the United Nations oil-for-food programme continues to give you the help you 
need, so long as economic sanctions are in force.  But we all hope to see you delivered from that 
need - freed from sanctions, from the threat of war, and from oppression.

He added: "The world's hopes for you are the same as those for any other country. Everyone wants to 
see you enjoy the rights and opportunities of our age - free to speak your minds, raise your 
children and pursue your dreams."

He also spoke directly to listeners in the Middle East.

"I think of listeners in the Middle East - of Israelis and Palestinians trapped in a mutually 
destructive cycle of hatred and mistrust.  This not only spells misery for the two peoples 
themselves, but blights the whole region's prospects.

"Yet the solution is clear, and widely agreed on: land for peace, and two states living side by 
side.  That is what all of us at the United Nations long to see. We are working hard, with our 
American, European and Russian friends, to rekindle hope of such a peaceful settlement," he says.

He added: "Every life lost before we achieve it is a tragic and avoidable waste."

Issued by BBC World Service Press Office
020 7557 2941
10  December 2002
Editors' notes

         The lecture can be heard on BBC World Service at 1.05pm and 6.05pm on Wednesday, December 
         It can be seen on BBC World at 1330, 1730 & 2230 GMT on Wednesday December 11 and at 0230 
& 0930 GMT on Thursday December 12

         In the UK, World Service is available on 648 MW in South east England. In addition, 
overnight on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Ulster and via digital radio, digital satellite 
and the Internet.

         Outside the UK, BBC World Service is available on shortwave; on FM in more than 117 
capital cities and selected programmes are carried on almost 2,000 FM and MW radio stations around 
the world

         High quality reception of World Service programmes is available via satellite in Europe 
and North America.
         It can be heard on the BBC's digital multiplex in the UK or in Europe on the Astra 
satellite, channel 865.
         The BBC World Service website: contains extensive, interactive 
news services available in English, Arabic, Chinese Russian and Spanish with audiostreaming 
available in 43 languages. It also contains detailed information about World Service broadcasts, 
schedules and frequencies in all languages.

         BBC World, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information 
channel, is owned and operated by BBC World Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of 
companies.  Reaching 232 million homes in over 200 countries and territories worldwide (96 million 
24-hour homes), BBC World launched in its present format in 1995 and is funded by advertising and 
subscription. For further information on how to receive BBC World, download schedules or find out 
more about the channel go to

The schedule will run as follows

Wednesday 11th December
1300 GMT                BBC News (as billed)
1330 GMT                The BBC World Service Lecture (replaces Click Online)
1400 GMT                BBC News (as billed)

1700 GMT                BBC News (as billed)
1730 GMT                The BBC World Service Lecture (replaces Fast Track at 1730 GMT & Holiday at 
1745 GMT)
1800 GMT                BBC News (as billed)

2200 GMT                BBC News (as billed)
2230 GMT                The BBC World Service Lecture (replaces Australia Direct)
2300 GMT                BBC News (as billed)

Thursday 12th December
0200 GMT                BBC News (as billed)
0230 GMT                The BBC World Service Lecture (replaces Australia Direct)
0300 GMT                BBC News (as billed)

0900 GMT                BBC News (as billed)
0930 GMT                The BBC World Service Lecture (replaces Australia Direct)
1000 GMT                BBC News (as billed)

Mike Gardner
Head of Media Relations, World Service
Tel: 020 7557 2937
Fax: 020 7557 1912

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