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For immediate release
November 6, 2002
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Kofi Annan Tells Tavis Smiley he Expects a U.N. Resolution on Iraq This Week

LOS ANGELES, CA-On Thursday, November 7, 2002, U.N Secretary-General Kofi Annan will appear on The Tavis Smiley Show from NPR® for an in-depth, one-on-one interview that includes Annan's prediction of an imminent Security Council resolution on Iraq.

"I am quite hopeful that there will be a resolution," said Annan. "The member states have been working very hard on getting a resolution. They realize how grave the responsibility is, and they have been proceeding methodically, very seriously. I think it is the right approach. I suspect that by the end of this week we will see a resolution that will command quite a large majority of the member states."

He also told Smiley that "any threat, a threat to a broader international peace and security must be handled by the Security Council. It is the only body that has the legitimacy to authorize such a force. And I am on record as indicated that it would be wrong for the U.S. to go alone, and I was delighted when President Bush brought the issue to the Security Council. And as I said, we will have a resolution. It is usually when the council speaks with a united voice…that they have greater impact and influence. And I hope that the council will work hard to come up with a unanimous resolution. I still haven't given up on that."

During the interview, Annan talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about the tenuous relationship between the U.N. and the U.S. Annan also offers a rare glimpse into his family life and discusses how he rose through the ranks to become the 7th Secretary-General.

Smiley asked Annan about the difficulties of his job now that he's in his second term. "I think it is a perpetual challenge," said Annan, "but you also have to have optimism and hope. And we work hard but we try to make it fun. It is painful, it is difficult, but if you are doing something that your heart is in and you feel you are making a difference, even if it is the life of one person, it gives you the encouragement and the inspiration to move forward. The nutshell is, I am not tired, I'm not frustrated, I'm not bored. I refuse to give up hope, and I am still going."

The November 7 interview will air on The Tavis Smiley Show from NPR, a weekday, one-hour talk magazine presenting news and ideas from an African-American perspective, broadcast on nearly 50 public radio stations across the U.S. and on the Web at npr.org. (Visit npr.org to find stations and broadcast times). Audio from the November 7 program will be available at NPR.org after noon ET.


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