HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY MICHELE MONTAS

SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

U.N. HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Monday, April 2, 2007

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NO WORD ON REPLACEMENT FOR U.N. MIDDLE EAST COORDINATOR: Asked whether the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Alvaro de Soto, would be replaced, the Spokeswoman confirmed that de Soto has signified his desire to move on, and that the Secretary-General had asked him to stay until the end of his present contract. She said that de Soto would end his distinguished 25-year UN career on 7 May, adding that there was no word yet on a replacement.