ACTIVITIES OF SECRETARY-GENERAL IN
, 1 – 4 April Austria
Shortly after his arrival in
on Thursday, 1 April, Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Heinz Fischer, the former President of the Austrian National Council. They had a wide-ranging discussion of international issues, starting with Vienna . They also touched on Cyprus , Iraq , the Kosovo, North Korea Middle East, United Nations reform and ’s relations with the United Nations. Austria
The Secretary-General then met with Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, initially with delegations and then for a brief one-on-one. Their talks focussed on
, the situation in Cyprus and the Iraq Middle East. They also reviewed Austrian-UN relations.
Afterwards, the Secretary-General met one-on-one with Austrian President Thomas Klestil. He and the President then called on Crown Prince Abdullah of
, who was in Saudi Arabia on an official visit. Their three-way talks started with a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, including its impact on the humanitarian situation among Palestinians and blockages at checkpoints that threaten international aid efforts. They talked of efforts to make progress in the search for peace in light of Vienna ’s declared intention to begin withdrawing unilaterally from Palestinian areas. They also had an extended discussion of the situation in Israel and the prospective UN role there in light of the security challenge. Iraq
On Friday morning, the Secretary-General opened the spring session of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), made up of the heads of United Nations agencies, funds and programmes. The Board meets twice a year, and this spring’s meeting was hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in
. He paid a special welcome to Francesco Frangialli, the head of the World Tourism Organization, which last December was voted by the General Assembly as the United Nations system’s newest specialized agency. Vienna
After a three-hour regular session, the members of the CEB attended a luncheon hosted by the Director-General of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei.
The CEB members then flew by helicopter to a resort at
Baden, just outside of , where they had a three-hour private discussion. This was followed by a dinner hosted by Vienna ’s Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Austria
The Secretary-General wrapped up the two-day meeting with more than two dozen heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes in Baden, Austria, on Saturday, 3 April. At the end of a closed session in the morning attended by principals only, the UN Chief Executives jointly issued an appeal for an end to the serious human rights violations taking place in
. Darfur, Sudan
In a joint press statement, they expressed their deepest concern over the rights violations and the worsening humanitarian crisis developing in that region and called on the perpetrators to immediately stop. They also demanded unimpeded access to the affected population for humanitarian workers. In this regard, they welcomed the offer by the Government of the
to the Secretary-General to send a UN mission to assess the situation in Sudan Darfur.
They also welcomed the peace initiative undertaken by the Government of Chad and called on all concerned to cooperate fully with this important initiative and to enter into a humanitarian ceasefire as an immediate first step. (See Press Release SG/SM/9241-AFR/884 of 5 April.)
The Secretary-General departed
in the morning of Sunday, 4 April, flying to Vienna for an official visit to the Moscow . Russian Federation
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