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Secretary-General, commending extraordinary efforts of Dr. Kouchner, reaffirms total confidence in Kosovo Special Representative

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Press Release SG/SM/7269 - 19991223
The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has been informed about allegations levelled recently against his Special Representative, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, by the Yugoslav authorities. The Secretary-General views these allegations as a malicious and transparent attempt at character assassination which has no basis and deserves no attention. The Secretary-General reaffirms his total confidence in Dr. Kouchner, and commends the extraordinary efforts he has undertaken to create a just and civil society in Kosovo under difficult and demanding conditions.