The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is dispatching his Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, to the Horn of Africa later this week for consultations in and around the region, focused largely on peace and stabilization in Somalia. Under-Secretary-General Pascoe is planning to visit several countries on the trip, beginning with Kenya. The final itinerary is still being determined. En route to the region, he will, on Wednesday, take part in a meeting in London of the International Contact Group for Somalia, to be attended by leaders of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, senior officials from International Contact Group member States and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonseny Fall. Under-Secretary-General Pascoe is scheduled to brief the Security Council upon his return.
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