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Press Release No:  UNIS/SG/2541
Release Date:  12 April 2000
 Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement for Korean Summit

 NEW YORK, 11 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan was issued today by his Spokesman:

 I warmly welcome the agreement to hold a summit between Kim Dae-jung, President of the Republic of Korea, and Kim Jong Il, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on 12 to 14 June 2000 in Pyongyang.  It is my strong hope that these historic talks produce substantive results.

 I would also like to express my full support for the continuation of efforts aimed at advancing national reconciliation, exchanges, cooperation, peace and unification in the Peninsula.

 As before, I stand ready to contribute to efforts aimed at reducing tensions and promoting mutual confidence in the region.

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