Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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06-Jun-1997 00:22:11
Briefing by Fred Eckhard, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and Samsiah Abdul Majid, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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The Secretary-General had given the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this morning.

The mandate of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM III) due to expire at the end of June, the Secretary-General had recommended a follow-on mission, to be known as the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced in Geneva today that it might be forced to suspend the repatriation of Angolan refugees because of a lack of funds.

The Security Council yesterday had discussed the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) and decided to hold a formal meeting next Thursday, 12 June, to extend its mandate.

The head of the Asian section of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Omawale Omawale, had just returned from a 10-day mission to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The 1997 Human Development Report, published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was available.

Samsiah Abdul-Majid, spokeswoman for the President of the General Assembly, said that the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) would conclude its second resumed session this evening.

Abdul-Majid drew correspondents' attention to an omnibus text on administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of peace-keeping operations. The text included a section on death and disability benefits -- an issue which had been under discussion for about two years.

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