The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn that two civilians were killed and another five wounded yesterday during an attack on a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) bus in Kosovo. He expresses his sympathy to the victims' families and calls on all the people of Kosovo to join him in denouncing this heinous crime. It is the Secretary-General's deep conviction that, for as long as any single community of Kosovo lives in fear because of their ethnic or religious background, none can resume their normal life, for which they have waited for so long. He also renews his appeal to Member States to urgently contribute direly needed resources and police to the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK), which is working day and night to give the people of Kosovo the opportunity to build a tolerant society, in which the dignity and safety of human life is preserved for all communities.