NEWS AND EVENTS
August 31, 2006
KOFI ANNAN CONGRATULATES UZBEK LEADER ON INDEPENDENCE
To His Excellency, Mr Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov, the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan
With great pleasure, I am sending you, the government and the people of Uzbekistan my sincerest congratulations on the occasion of Independence Day.
In order to promote peace, development and human dignity in the 21st century, the UN should strive to be a more effective and more responsible organization and be at the service of people. This is the main point no matter whether we are fighting poverty or disease, working to strengthen democracy or fighting terrorism, promoting the rules of law or protecting peace or the global environment. More work should be done if we want to be successful in the creation of a peaceful global community. Since our efforts are common, it is a pleasure to know that the UN can count on continuous obligations and support of the government and the people of Uzbekistan.
Your Excellency, please accept the assurances of my highest respect for you.
the UN Secretary-General.