Kofi Annan speaks out against rebel factions in Haiti

1st Mar 2004

As Haiti spiraled deeper into violence, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned the country’s leaders - and those hoping to govern the turbulent nation - that they are not above the law.
“The Secretary-General is increasingly concerned at the alarming
deterioration of the security and human rights situation in Haiti,” a
spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released late Friday in New York, calling on all Haitians to eschew violence and settle their
differences peacefully.

“At this critical time, he reminds leaders, and those who aspire to
leadership positions, of their responsibilities towards their fellow
countrymen and that they will be held individually accountable for any
breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law,” the
spokesman said.


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