HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING

BY FRED ECKHARD
SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Tuesday, December 23, 2003
 

ANNAN CONDEMNS ISRAELI INCURSION INTO GAZA

SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES LIBYA'S WMD ANNOUNCEMENT 

IRAQ MEETING MAY BE HELD LATER THAN JANUARY 15, 2004

   SUDANESE REFUGEES IN CHAD TO BE MOVED FROM VOLATILE BORDER

   SITUATION IN NORTH EAST DR CONGO IS ĎDESPERATEí

  OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNAN HONORS FORMER SOVIET AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: In a statement issued through his Spokesman, the Secretary-General said he was saddened to learn of the death of Oleg Alexandrovich Troyanovsky, the veteran Russian diplomat and former Permanent Representative of the USSR to the United Nations. He was a brilliant diplomat who represented his country with singular expertise and adroitness at an acutely challenging time in the world and the history of the Organization.  He combined a profound understanding of the indispensability of the United Nations with exceptional charm, humor, eloquence and flair. The Secretary-General sends his condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Troyanovsky, as well as the Government of the Russian Federation .

2004 IS YEAR AGAINST SLAVERY: 2004 has been designated by the General Assembly as ďInternational Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its AbolitionĒ. The Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Koichiro Matsuura, has issued a message to ensure universal awareness of the tragedy of slavery, which he says constitutes one of the darkest chapters in the history of the world.

 

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