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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly

New York, 7 March 2011

President Deiss in Helsinki, Finland

Upon the invitation of H.E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, will pay an official visit to Helsinki on Tuesday, 8 March.

During his visit Mr. Deiss will meet with former President Martti Ahtisaari, with H.E. Mr. Alexander Stubb Foreign Minister and with Mr. Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland.

Among the topics that will be discussed are President Halonen's upcoming visit to New York as co-Chair of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability and the importance of Finland's engagement in the work of the General Assembly. Further current political issues will be discussed such as the role of the UN in global governance.

From Helsinki, President Deiss will continue his official visit to Moscow.