The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Terje Rød-Larsen, will begin a mission to the Middle East on 27 April. As indicated in the Secretary-General’s letter to the Security Council of 17 April, he will consult with the relevant parties regarding the implementation of Security Council resolutions 425 and 426 (1978). The Security Council, in its presidential statement of 20 April, welcomed the decision of the Secretary-General to send his Special Envoy to the region. Between 27 April and 9 May, Mr. Rød-Larsen will visit Israel and Lebanon and a number of other countries in the region, including Syria, Jordan and Egypt. He is scheduled to return to Headquarters on 10 May. He will be accompanied by a team of political, military and legal advisors.
The Secretary-General wishes to take this opportunity to reiterate his commitment to the attainment of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the entire Middle East region based on the implementation of all relevant resolutions, including 242 and 338.