Abdallah Baali Quotes (14 Quotes)


    What we need from these Europeans is to put an end to these networks, ... We accept any mission whose objective is to exchange views with Algerians in order to strengthen the fight against terrorism.

    What matters in our eyes is that he's the president's choice and that he's close to the president. That gives him certainly the authority to deal with us in New York.

    In the past five years, Kofi Annan focused on Africa because the Africans had the impression the United Nations was not doing enough for them,

    The secretary-general as of today is perceived as a diplomat and political person who has responsibility, this is how he is perceived rather than as a manager. And proper tribute is paid to him for the work he does on the political and diplomatic fronts.

    We have made it clear that it is premature and it is unjustified to talk about sanctions when the investigation is still going on and we do not know what will be the final outcome,


    I am satisfied with the level of cooperation. I don't think that putting an unbearable pressure on Syria would really be very productive at this stage.

    He's a very smart guy who can be very constructive, who can be very creative. So I think it will be very interesting to spend a few months with him in the Security Council,

    You cannot give all the powers to the secretary general. The General Assembly has to keep its main prerogative, and the secretary general and all bodies should be accountable to the General Assembly.

    People were very cautious, to say the least, because of his reputation as a tough guy who didn't like the U.N. ... In fact, I was the only one who said that Bolton was an intelligent man who could be creative and constructive and wouldn't go around bullying delegations.

    I don't think the time has come to envisage any premature, any action or any kind of measures, what is expected from all concerned at this stage is to fully cooperate with the investigation,

    We hope to use the weekend to move toward unanimity.

    The United Nations has no role to play in Algeria, ... What is taking place in Algeria is something which we have to handle ourselves.

    I think honestly he can keep doing his job... It's important for him and for us to have a good outcome at this summit. If we have a good outcome, if we have real reforms to be implemented in the months to come, I think the secretary general will be in a more comfortable position.

    On management reform, you have one side basically saying that the secretary general should be empowered and should have all flexibility as a kind of C.E.O. and the other side saying that it is not ready to give up the prerogative of the General Assembly and would like to keep a close eye on the work of the secretary general.


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