|UN Secretary-General in Amman for Arab Summit |
UN Secretary-General in Amman for Arab Summit
Source: United Nations: Highlights from the noon briefing by Fred Eckhard, Spokesman of the Secretary General (Excerpt). UN Headquarters, New York, Monday, March 26, 2001.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Amman, Jordan Sunday night to attend the Arab League summit that begins Tuesday.
He is holding a number of bilateral meetings today, starting with Javier Solana, the European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. Solana, who also serves as a member of the Commission headed by former US Senator George Mitchell, briefed the Secretary-General on the Commission's recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Solana was on his way to Skopje in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the two also discussed the latest crisis in the Balkans.
The Secretary-General then met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, for a general review of the situation in the Middle East, including the situation in the Palestinian territories and Iraq.
Annan then met with his Middle East team: Terje Roed Larsen, his Special Coordinator for the region; Staffan de Mistura, his Special Representative for southern Lebanon; Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and Lakhdar Brahimi, his special envoy on preventive and peacemaking efforts. The meeting also included senior military officials from the UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, on the Golan Heights in Syria and in Jerusalem. They briefed him extensively on the latest situation in the region.
He was then scheduled to meet with Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi, in a meeting that was requested by Qadhafi. After that, he was to receive the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Benaissa.
His last scheduled appointment of the day is to be with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.
On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will address the opening session of the Arab Summit.
Security Council Considers Draft Resolution on Palestinians
The Security Council's consultations on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, began shortly after noon, and that discussion is expected to resume, following a brief adjournment, later this afternoon.
The European and Non-Aligned members of the Council are reviewing the changes in the text of a draft resolution concerning a mechanism to protect civilians, following marathon discussions held over the weekend. The text that is currently being discussed included language from both the European members of the Council and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Council members intend to hold a formal meeting following today's consultations, so that they can vote on the resolution before the start of the Arab Summit in Amman, Jordan.