UN envoy to begin assessment mission in Bolivia today

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's personal envoy to Bolivia, José Antonio Ocampo, is scheduled to arrive in that country today to assess how the United Nations can be helpful to Bolivia as it tackles the political transition and economic issues.
Mr. Ocampo is se to observe the current situation in Bolivia and report back to the Secretary-General, a UN spokesman said today. Mr. Ocampo is also expected to meet with all parties concerned during his trip.

Last week, in announcing plan's to send Mr. Ocampo to Bolivia, Mr. Annan said through a spokesman that he strongly believes that Bolivians should resolve their differences peacefully and democratically and that the rule of law should be respected in resolving the current political crisis in the country.