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Secretary-General to visit Russia later this month

Secretary-General to visit Russia later this month.

12 January -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been invited by the Russian government to meet with senior government officials in Moscow later this month, his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said today.

Mr. Annan will be in Moscow 27-28 January, after which he will travel to Geneva where he will chair the next round of talks on Cyprus, on Monday, 31 January.

Mr. Eckhard also confirmed that the Secretary-General will attend the opening session of the Tenth UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD X) in Bangkok, Thailand on 8 February. Mr. Annan will also pay an official visit to Thailand.

Mr. Annan will then visit the peace mission in East Timor on 17 February, stopping in Singapore and Jakarta en route. From Dili, Mr. Annan is scheduled to visit Australia and New Zealand.

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