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             13 March 2000


On Friday, 17 March, the United Nations University (UNU) will host a lecture by Eduard Kukan, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Balkans. The topic of Dr. Kukan's presentation will be "The Current Situation in the Balkans: A Stability Pact as the Outcome of the Crisis - Lessons Learned After Kosovo." Dr. Kukan is Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, a post he has held since October 1998. His long history of government service in foreign affairs for Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Republic includes previous postings as Deputy Ambassador in Washington, D.C., Ambassador in Addis Ababa, and Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the UN.

Dr. Kukan was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as one of two special envoys for the Balkans on 7 May 1999. In that role, he has utilized his exceptional expertise as regards the players and politics of the region to advise and support the Secretary-General in a number of crucial political consultations.

Dr. Kukan will speak from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on 17 March in the 5th-floor Conference Hall of the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo. Following the lecture, there will be a brief question and answer session.

The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Japanese interpretation.

Media representatives who would like to attend or who wish further information may contact the UNU Public Affairs Section.

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For further information please contact:

UNU Public Affairs Section
Tel. (03) 5467-1243, -1246
Fax (03) 3406-7346




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