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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
22 March 2005



UNOG - United Nations Office at Geneva

REGULAR PRESS BRIEFING
BY THE INFORMATION SERVICE
22 March 2005

Marie Heuzé, the Director of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the biweekly press briefing, which provided information on the Secretary-General’s report on United Nations reform presented yesterday to the General Assembly, the Secretary-General’s travels to Algiers, the annual session of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, the observances of World Water Day and World Meteorological Day, yesterday’s observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the 30-year anniversary of the coming into force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, the ILO Governing Body’s consideration of a report on the situation of forced labour in Myanmar, and other issues.

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Ms. Heuzé said that the Secretary-General had left New York yesterday and was travelling to the Algerian capital, Algiers, to attend the Summit of the League of Arab States, which had begun today. The meeting would address the situation in the Middle East, especially in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as the situation in Lebanon. The Secretary-General would address the Summit tomorrow, Wednesday, and also meet bilaterally with leaders attending the Summit. He was expected to return to New York on Thursday.

Human Rights


Commission on Human Rights:


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David Chikvaidze, Media Liaison Officer for the 61st session of the Commission on Human Rights, informed journalists that the Expanded Bureau of the Commission on Human Rights had met this morning and decided that there would be an additional meeting tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., non-stop.

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Mr. Chikvaidze said that two dignitaries would be addressing the Commission today – Mr. Joschka Fischer, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, at 11.00 a.m., and Mr. Gabriel Entcha-Ebia, Garde des Sceaux, Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Congo, at 11.15 a.m. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Mr. Soren Jessen-Petersen, would address the Commission at 12:45 p.m. and the countries concerned would have the right to speak for 5 minutes each following Mr. Jessen-Petersen’s statement. In the afternoon, debate on Item 7, the right to development, would continue. Depending upon the progress made, it might be possible to begin discussion on item 8, on the question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine.

Turning to upcoming events, Mr. Chikvaidze said that Professor John Dugard, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, would give a public briefing tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. in room XXVII, followed by a press conference in press room I at 3:00 p.m. ...

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