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President of the General Assembly
Mr. Harri Holkeri (Finland)

 News and Highlights from the President

3 September 2001

The President today met with the acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lesotho, H.E. Mr. Sephiri Motanyane. The President also met with Prime Minister of Lesotho, H.E. Mr. Mosisili. Among issues discussed in both meetings were the upcoming elections in Lesotho. Mr. Holkeri congratulated the country's leadership on having reached the necessary agreements for general elections to go forward.

The President also paid a courtesy call to His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho.

Mr. Holkeri visited the Parliament of Lesotho. In his address to the Parliament the President focused on development issues and noted that since development has been one of the key themes of his Presidency, the visit to Lesotho holds special value and significance for him. The full text of his statement is available on the "Statements and Messages" page.

In connection with the upcoming elections in Lesotho, the President also met with Co-Chairs of the Interim Political Authority (IPA) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Mr. Holkeri also met with local representatives of United Nations Agencies.

At the end of the day, the President attended a reception in his honour, hosted by H.E. Mr. Sephiri Motanyane, Acting Minister for Foreign affairs. The President remarks at the reception are available on the "Statements and Messages" page.

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