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Saturday, 26 January 2002
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan attended talks with leaders in Japan, Thailand and Pakistan. Mr. Annan also announced he was nominating former German diplomat Michael Steiner to be his Special Representative for Kosovo; presented his latest report on Georgia, in which he noted progress in addressing the situation in Abkhazia; and recommended extending the mandate of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor until the territorys expected independence on May 20. The UN Security Council discussed the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Georgia, Kosovo and Liberia. The Global AIDS Fund, launched by the UN last year, appointed Goran Lindahl, deputy Chairman of mining giant Anglo American PLC, to be the corporate representative on the Funds 18-member board. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported that last years dramatic 40% decline in global foreign investment would not be recouped this year. UN monitors reported that the remnants of the terrorist al-Qaeda network may possess Scud missiles and chemical weapons.

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