Office of the President of the Millennium Assembly
55th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Statement attributable to the Spokeswoman of
President of the General Assembly

21 March 2001

President of General Assembly to visit Japan and China

The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Harri Holkeri, will travel to Japan and China at the end of this month at the invitation of the Governments of those two countries. As with his previous travel to Asia, this trip takes place under the overall umbrella of the Millennium Summit follow up.

While in Japan from 1st to 6th April, Mr. Holkeri will meet with the Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and other leading figures of the Government. He will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Following his trip to Japan, Mr. Holkeri will visit China where, as the guest of the Government of the People's Republic of China, he will meet with Premier Zhu Rongji, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tang Jiaxuan, and other high-level officials. During his stay in China, Mr. Holkeri will visit Beijing and Shanghai. He will leave China on 12th April.

During his trip, the President of the General Assembly will be accompanied by his Minister Counsellor for Legal and Political Issues, Ms. Raili Lahnalampi.