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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] BBC World Service - Kofi Annan -Subject: BBC World Service - Kofi Annan 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 prosperity. 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 www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice. The lecture also included appeals for peace in the Middle East. Kofi Annan said: "...you 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 11. · 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: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice 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 www.bbcworld.com 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 BBCi at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal views which are not the views of the BBC unless specifically stated. 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