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UNSG Kofi Annanís Pakistan visit

United Nations Jan 18, 2002 (NNI) United Nations Secretary-general Kofi Annanís unscheduled visit of Pakistan is basically to defuse tension between Pakistan and India, but Indiaís refusal to honor UNSG to stop in New Delhi mounts to clap with one hand.

Indian government excused of non-fulfillment of security for UNSG entourage, Declaring that the Indian Security agencies are fully  involved in the preparations of Republic Day celebrations, which includes  a military parade, cultural floats and artists performances.  Thus no security arrangements can be carried out for UNSG  entourage. It is difficult to provide full security confirmed an Indian Mission official.

It maybe mentioned that during Annanís last year March visit to India no security was provided for the motorcade, and the convey would break in parts while stopping at traffic signals.

Further ironically India has canceled its Republic Day parade program too.

India seems to be scared of Annanís persuading power , said a diplomat , Annan  in his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during March 2000 New Delhi visit influenced him to resume dialogue with Pakistan. India had refused to have dialogue with Pakistan since the Kargil dilemma in 1999.  

The visit, has been included in the itinerary of the UN Secretary-general Tokyo visit in view of the tense situation between the two nuclear rivals. Annan will land at Chaklala base at 9 pm on Jan23.

Annan is scheduled to hold a meeting with Heads of UN Agencies based in Pakistan in the morning of Jan, 24. He will meet with Foreign Minister Abdus Sattar in the afternoon, followed by a meeting with a group of Government of Pakistan

Defusing the tension between India and Pakistan will top the agenda of the Secretary-general's meeting with Gen Musharraf on the evening of Jan 24, followed by a joint press conference. and  after that a grand banquet. Interestingly  during Annanís Last year March visit to Islamabad, Kashmir, the  core issue of dispute between Pakistan and India was overwhelmed by Afghanistan , specifically the issue of Taliban . The destruction of  the  Buddha Statue by Talibans  remained the crucial subject to talk to.

During this visit Annan is not programmed to go to Afghan refugee camps, it may be pointed out that during his last years visit on objection of few of Cabinet members Annanís Jalozoi Camp visit was not materialised and the helicopters changed their path and did not even fly on top of the camps. The birds eye view was also barred

Annan would leave for Kabul  on Jan 25 morning. . He would be visiting Afghanistan for the first time since 1959 when the then UN Secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold visited the country. Annan is having a day trip to Kabul, not staying a night there. According to Fred Echard the UNSG Spokesman "there are 12 UN people in Kabul with only 10 beds".

UNSG Kofi Annanís Pakistan visit :

Jan 23 Wednesday
Arrival evening between 8 & 9 pm Chaklala Base

Evening free

Jan 24 Thursday

Meeting with UN Agencies 10am
Foreign Minister --Afternoon
Group of Gov of Pakistan Delegation-----Afternoon
President Musharraf
Joint Press Conference

Friday Jan.25
Departure for Kabul 9am


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