HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESMAN'S NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
ASSOCIATE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Friday, December 17, 2004
ANNAN DISCUSSES PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS WITH U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
- Before heading off to Brussels, the Secretary-General met in Washington with U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
- They had a very positive and substantive meeting, on a whole range of issues, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Haiti, Liberia and the Middle East Peace Process – and notably the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections.
- Asked whether Rice expressed confidence in the Secretary-General, the Spokesman said the discussions with Rice did not focus at all on the Secretary-General’s job, but on issues on which the United Nations and United States are working closely.
- The purpose of the Secretary-General’s visit, he said, was to present the High-Level Panel’s report to an influential panel and to hold substantive working meetings with U.S. officials, including Powell and Rice. The objective of the visit, he added, was accomplished.
U.N. ENVOY TO ASSUME NEW RESPONSIBILITIES REGARDING LEBANON
- Today, outgoing UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen will leave the region tomorrow to assume new responsibilities as the Secretary’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004). He will be based in New York and also serving as the President of the International Peace Academy.
- Asked about Larsen’s new responsibilities, the Spokesman clarified that it would deal with Lebanon. The Secretary-General would call on Larsen to assist in writing the reports on follow-up to resolution 1559.
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