The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General is concerned about the reports of continuing violence in Khartoum and elsewhere in the Sudan following the recent tragic death of Dr. John Garang de Mabior. The Secretary-General appeals for calm and calls on all Sudanese to refrain from actions which may lead to tension during this time of mourning.
While all available information suggests that the helicopter crash was a tragic accident, the United Nations system stands ready to assist the authorities concerned in an investigation conducted in accordance with internationally established standards and practices.
The Secretary-General shares the widespread sorrow expressed by the Sudanese people and the international community. At the same time, he welcomes the parties' reaffirmation of their commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and its implementation, which is a fitting tribute to First Vice-President Garang.
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