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Kofi Annan to Make First Official Visit to Viet Nam To meet with President, Prime Minister and the General Secretary

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HA NOI, May 16, 2006 – At the invitation of the Government, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will make his first official visit to Viet Nam later this month to meet with the Vietnamese leadership to discuss the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, UN reform and other issues of mutual concern.

Annan’s visit to Viet Nam is part of a trip that will also take him to Austria, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China and Thailand.

“Viet Nam has made exceptionally rapid progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and the Secretary General’s visit will help draw attention to Viet Nam’s positive lessons for the developing world,” said Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator Rose Marie Greve. “In addition to sustained economic growth, Viet Nam has taken the lead in containing Avian Influenza, in making concrete progress on the aid harmonization and effectiveness agenda, and in United Nations reform at the country level.”

The United Nations Country Team and the Government Viet Nam are currently formulating plans for One United Nations presence in the country to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

Mr. Annan’s trip to Viet Nam will come toward the end of a six country tour that begins in Vienna, Austria where he will deliver a keynote address at the opening session of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean. He then travels to Seoul for an official visit, during which he will meet with the President, the Foreign Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

He will then travel to Japan to meet with the Prime Minister, MP’s and to have an audience with the Emperor and Empress. In China he will meet with the President and other senior officials and has planned a visit to the historic Beijing University.

In Viet Nam, Mr. Annan is expected to meet with President Tran Duc Luong and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nguyen Dy Nien and General Secretary of the Communist Party, Mr. Nong Duc Manh.

From Ha Noi, the Secretary-General will travel to Bankgok, where he will address a high-level panel on human development, hold meetings with senior government officials and have an audience with King Bhumipol Adulyadej.

The Secretary-General originally planned to travel to Viet Nam in December of 2005, but was forced to delay his trip due to the debate over the UN’s draft budget.

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