Press Releases

    SG/SM/7931
    31 August 2001

    SECRETARY GENERAL EXPRESSES SUPPORT
    FOR WORLD FOOD SUMMIT


    NEW YORK, 30 August (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text of a statement issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The views expressed by the Secretary-General's Personal Representative for southern Lebanon, Steffan de Mistura, concerning the World Food Summit in Rome were unauthorized and unwarranted. They do not represent the position of the Secretary-General or of the United Nations. The Secretary-General is informing Mr. de Mistura accordingly.

    All conferences of this nature are authorized by the member governments, in this case of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and are usually held at headquarters.

    The Secretary-General supports the convening of this conference and has confirmed his attendance.

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