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16 September 2002
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FRED ECKHARD
SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Monday, September 16, 2002
"QUARTET" ON MIDDLE EAST TO MEET TUESDAY
The “Quartet” dealing with the Middle East is scheduled to meet on Tuesday at UN headquarters, with the United Nations represented by the Secretary-General; the Russian Federation by Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov; and the United States by Secretary of State Colin Powell. The European Union (EU) will be represented by Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller of Denmark, which holds the rotating EU presidency, and by Javier Solana the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, and Chris Patten, the European Commission’s External Relations Commissioner.
At 9:00 a.m., the principals will meet for about an hour. This will be followed by meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Israelis and Palestinians.
A press conference by the Quartet principles is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Because of the press conference, there will not be a noon briefing Tuesday.
The UN report on the Palestinian economy in the first half of 2002 is expected to be available later this week.