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    SG/A/864
    SG/SM/9139
    AFR/822
    2 February 2004

    Secretary-General Names Lloyd Axworthy Special Envoy for Ethiopia and Eritrea

    NEW YORK, 30 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General has been very concerned about the lack of progress in the implementation of the Algiers Agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    In order to help move the process forward, the Secretary-General offered his good offices to the two parties, and has appointed Lloyd Axworthy, former Foreign Minister of Canada, as his Special Envoy for Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    The Secretary-General hopes that, in carrying out this important assignment, the Special Envoy will enjoy the full cooperation of all parties concerned.

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