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Annan arrives in Austria in continuation of European trip

Annan arrives in Austria in continuation of European trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived today in Vienna, set to begin his official visit with Austrian leaders before attending meetings in Switzerland and France later this week.

Tomorrow morning, the Secretary-General is scheduled to meet with the staff at the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV) before having a meeting with President Thomas Klestil. On Wednesday, he is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, and also visit the Austrian Parliament.

On Thursday, the Secretary-General will address the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, and on Friday and Saturday he will attend the spring session in Paris of the Chief Executives Board, which brings together the heads of all UN departments, agencies and programmes. The session will focus on follow-up to the Millennium Summit, and the challenge of sustainable development.

On 27 April, he will return to Switzerland for an official visit, including meetings in Bern on 29 April with President Pascal Couchepin and other senior officials. He is scheduled to return to New York the following day.