Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 February 2009

Secretary-General in United Republic of Tanzania





Secretary-General in United Republic of Tanzania


DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 28, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general



The Secretary-General is in Tanzania today, where he is just now going into a press conference with President [Jakaya] Kikwete.


Earlier today, he travelled to Zanzibar, where he met with the Zanzibar President and also opened a “One UN” office on the island.


While flying onward to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, he flew over Mount Kilimanjaro, and was able to see for himself how, thanks to global warming, there are now only a few patches of snow on top of the mountain.  He said, in a question and answer session in Dar es Salaam yesterday, that it is suggested that, by the year 2030, “we may not be able to see any snow on top of Mount Kilimanjaro.  That is alarming.”


The Secretary-General then briefly saw the proceedings at the Rwanda Tribunal in Arusha, and had a town hall meeting with staff there, in which he warmly praised them for they work they have done.  He also had a brief press encounter in which he appealed to countries, especially those in the region, to live up to their obligations to cooperate with the Tribunal by transferring fugitive suspects to be tried there.


This is the Secretary-General’s last full day in Tanzania, and he will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda over the weekend.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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