Commenting on the trip's agenda, Mr. Annan told Russian State Television at UN Headquarters this morning that his discussions with the Russian authorities would cover a broad range of issues, including the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Nagorny-Karabakh and the Caucasus. He said that the situation in Chechnya would also be part of the discussions.
"I have always pressed for a peaceful and political solution, and I've been very concerned about the situation of the civilians," Mr. Annan said. "The interest of the civilians - the innocent, the vulnerable - must be paramount in everyone's mind."
From Moscow, the Secretary-General will go to Geneva, where on 31 January he will chair the next round of proximity talks on Cyprus.