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2 April 2004
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY MARIE OKABE
ASSOCIATE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Friday, April 2, 2004
ANNAN MEETS WITH HEADS OF U.N. AGENCIES
The Secretary-General this morning opened the spring session of the Chief Executives Board, which brings together, twice every year, the heads of UN agencies funds and programs. This session is taking place in Vienna.
Thursday evening, the Secretary-General had a three-way meeting with Austrian President Thomas Klestil and Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who was on an official visit to Vienna. They discussed the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, including the humanitarian situation of the Palestinians and blockages at checkpoints that are threatening international aid efforts. They also discussed efforts to make progress in the search for peace, in light of Israel’s declared intention to withdraw from Palestinian areas.