World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Annan and Powell discusses world's hot spots

Annan discusses world's hot spots with US Secretary of State Powell

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed a wide range of international issues with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell today, touching on the Middle East, Iraq, UN operations in Congo and Liberia, Myanmar and Zimbabwe.

"We had a very fruitful discussion, we covered lots of ground," Mr. Annan told reporters after a working lunch at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

On the Middle East, on which he had already issued a statement condemning the latest Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem and describing Israeli attacks in Gaza as only contributing to a renewed cycle of violence, Mr. Annan said: "I think it is important that the leaders stay the course.

"The only path to peace is the Road Map, the promise of Aqaba," he added in a reference to the Jordanian port where US President George W. Bush held a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas last week to launch the Road Map plan for an Israeli and a Palestinian state living side by side in peace by 2005.

"We all were very hopeful after the meetings of Aqaba and the statements the leaders made with the strong support of the President, we thought finally we were going to move forward, and I hope the leaders will not be deterred by these violent acts," Mr. Annan added.

Asked about a reported smear campaign against Hans Blix, head of the UN inspection team that had looked for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Mr. Annan said: "Blix is a very professional person, a very honest person. He did a very good job and he had universal respect for his professionalism and his efforts."

The Secretary-General said he could not really get into the smear campaign "except to say that I have seen some articles in the press that I consider unfair, given the work that he has done."

Mr. Powell said he had high regard for Mr. Blix and Mr. Bush also had confidence in him.

Before lunching with Mr. Powell, Mr. Annan met with US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news