UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Argentina

08:45, June 09, 2011      

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The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make an official visit to Argentina next week where he will hold meetings with President Cristina Fernandez, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and civil society leaders, the UN office in Buenos Aires said on Wednesday.

The UN Information Center for Argentina and Uruguay told Xinhua that Ban will arrive in Buenos Aires on Sunday for a three-day visit as part of a regional tour that also takes him to Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

On Monday Ban will meet with Fernandez at Argentina's official "Pink House" presidential residence as part of his agenda that also includes protocol visits to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Memorial Museum at the former Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA), a government spokesman said.

On Tuesday morning, the UN chief is scheduled to visit facilities at the Argentine Joint Center for Peace Operations (Caecopaz) and the training site for members of the Army, Navy and Air Force that form part of international UN peace keeping missions, the spokesmen said.

Earlier this month Ban announced his official bid for a second term in charge of the UN, saying that "with the support of member states it will be an honor to serve once again."

This is the second time Ban visits Argentina after a one-day visit in 2007. The former South Korean former foreign minister was appointed to the post on Jan. 1, 2007, and his term ends on Dec. 31 this year.

Source: Xinhua
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