RUSSIA: MOSCOW: UN CHIEF KOFI ANNAN VISIT

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U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in Moscow on Sunday afternoon for a brief visit.

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He is due to meet President Yeltsin and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov for talks tomorrow.

He plans to discuss U-N inspections of chemical sites in Baghdad, as well as U-N reform and maybe the situation in Kosovo.

The U-N chief was greeted by other U-N officials on his arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

Kofi Annan has planned a series of meetings with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov on Monday.

The main topic for discussion will be the Iraq crisis.

But Annan says this is not the only issue on the agenda.

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‘We will be talking about Iraq, the Middle East, U-N reform and possibly Kosovo and other issues of mutual interest’
SUPER CAPTION: Kofi Annan, U-N Secretary General

From the airport Annan headed straight for the Tretyakov gallery.

Moscow’s most famous gallery houses some of the nation’s most famous artwork including the enormous painting of Christ’s Appearance to the People by the renowned Russian artist Alexander Ivanov.

Kofi Annan admired this and other national works of art in this brief respite from the international diplomatic platform.

Russia helped broker an agreement between Annan and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in February.

This deal defused the conflict over Iraq’s refusal to permit U-N inspectors access to suspected weapons sites.

Last week inspectors and diplomats gained access to one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in the first stage of the implementation of the agreement.

United Nation reforms will also be one of the topics discussed on Monday.

Annan leaves Monday night for the Chinese capital of Beijing.

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