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United Nations, New York, 8 June 2011

President Deiss meets with the Presidents of Gabon; Mali;
the Prime Minister of Grenada; and the Vice President of Southern Sudan

On the margin of the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, met today separately with the Presidents of Gabon and Mali, as well the Prime Minister of Grenada and the Vice-President of Southern Sudan.

H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon, briefed the President of the General Assembly on the internal reforms undertaken in his country. They also discussed green economy, as well as the Question of Palestine. President Deiss congratulated President Bongo on Gabon's current presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

H.E. Mr. Amadou Toumani Touré, President of the Republic of Mali, briefed President Deiss on the situation in West Africa, including Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Niger. They also discussed development and security issues pertaining to the Sahel, including international migration, transnational crime and the activities of terrorist groups.

The Rt. Hon. Tillman Thomas, Prime Minister of Grenada, who was accompanied by Senator Hon. Ann Peters, the country's Minister of Health, briefed in particular the President of the General Assembly on the measures undertaken in Grenada to combat HIV/AIDS, mainly in the area of maternal and children's health.

H.E. Mr. Riek Machar, Vice-President of Southern Sudan, briefed President Deiss on the preparations for independence scheduled to be declared on 9 July 2011. They also discussed developments in Abye, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. The President of the General Assembly briefed the Vice-President of Southern Sudan on the procedure for admission to the United Nations. Vice-President Riek Machar thanked the United Nations for its support and commitment to Southern Sudan.