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--------- Begin forwarded message ---------- From: "UN News Service" <UNNews@un.org> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: WORKING WITH IRAQI PEOPLE TOP PRIORITY FOR UN MISSION, ANNAN AND ENVOY SAY Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 15:01:24 -0400 Message-ID: <email@example.com> WORKING WITH IRAQI PEOPLE TOP PRIORITY FOR UN MISSION, ANNAN AND ENVOY SAY New York, May 27 2003 3:00PM Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his newly appointed Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, both stressed today that the top priority for the United Nations in the war-shattered country would be to work with the Iraqi people in establishing a sovereign state. Mr. Annan said Mr. Vieira de Mello, who will be taking a four-month leave of absence from his current post as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to serve in Iraq, was ideally suited to carry out the functions ascribed to the Special Representative by the Security Council resolution on the UN’s role in the country’s reconstruction adopted last week. “The Council has called on the United Nations to assist the Iraqi people, in coordination with the Authority, in a wide range of areas, including humanitarian relief, reconstruction, infrastructure rehabilitation, legal and judicial reforms, human rights and return of refugees, and also to assist with civilian police,” Mr. Annan told a news conference at which he introduced Mr. Vieira de Mello as his envoy. Mr. Vieira de Mello, a 55-year-old Brazilian who has spent 30 years at the UN working in some of the most sensitive post-conflict spots like Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and East Timor, “has an exceptional and unique experience in running these operations and is also known as a good team builder and a consensus-builder,” the Secretary-General said. “I think he is someone who will hit the ground running,” he added. Replying to questions, Mr. Vieira de Mello said he planned to arrive in Baghdad next Monday and his first priority would be to make contact with Iraqi society. His second priority would be to establish good working relations with the United States-run provisional governing Authority there...<font color="#CC0000" size="1" face="Arial">more to follow</font> 2003-05-27 00:00:00.000 ________________ For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news To change your profile or unsubscribe go to: http://www.un.org/news/dh/latest/subscribe.shtml --------- End forwarded message ---------- ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk