UN envoy wraps up mission to Bolivia

Following a meeting with Bolivian President Eduardo Rodriguez, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's personal envoy to that country, José Antonio Ocampo, last night wrapped up his mission to assess how the United Nations could be helpful to the Andean nation as it tackles a political transition and economic issues, a UN spokesman said today.

Yesterday, Mr. Ocampo, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, travelled with his delegation to the city of Santa Cruz.

Announcing plans to send Mr. Ocampo to Bolivia late last week, 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 political crisis in the country.

Mr. Ocampo is expected to report on his mission to the Secretary-General at UN headquarters in New York on Monday.