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UN Secretary-General reaffirms his confidence in his Special Representative in Kosovo

The UN Secretary-General has reaffirmed his "total confidence" in his Special Representative in Kosovo, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, a UN spokesman said today in New York.
The statement follows allegations recently levelled against Dr. Kouchner by Yugoslav authorities and which the Spokesman, Fred Eckhard, described as "malicious."

The Secretary-General views these allegations as a "transparent attempt at character assassination which have no basis and deserve no attention", Mr. Eckhard said.

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, Mr. Eckhard said.