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    SG/SM/8938

    15 October 2003

    SECRETARY-GENERAL REGRETS BEING UNABLE
    TO ATTEND OIC SUMMIT IN MALAYSIA

    NEW YORK, 14 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    In answer to questions, the Secretary-General wishes to make it clear that he greatly regrets being unable to attend this week’s summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).  He attaches great importance to the OIC, and had planned to attend, but unfortunately has to remain in New York for very important discussions relating to Iraq, in which he is intimately involved.  He is, however, sending Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, his Special Representative for Afghanistan, to represent him at the summit and to read a statement on his behalf.  The Secretary-General will be speaking to the Prime Minister of Malaysia later today.

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