Annan arrives in Athens for European Conference, high-level talks on Iraq

Annan arrives in Athens for European Conference, high-level talks on Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Athens today to attend the European Conference and hold high-level talks on the latest developments in Iraq.

Mr. Annan will begin a series of meetings on Wednesday when he is expected to see British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

On Thursday, in addition to attending the opening meeting of the European Conference, Mr. Annan is expected to meet with French President Jacques Chirac. He will also meet with Prime Minister Costas Simitis of Greece, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou.