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Press Release No: UNIS/SG/2649
Release Date:  6 September 2000
 Secretary-General Regrets Decision by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Not to Attend Millennium Summit Following Airport Incident

 NEW YORK, 5 September (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

 The Secretary-General is disappointed that Kim Yong Nam, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, cancelled his planned visit to New York to attend the Millennium Summit following an incident at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.

 Although the planned meeting at the United Nations between leaders of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will not now take place, the Secretary-General hopes that the two countries will nonetheless continue to build on the progress achieved thus far towards normalizing relations between them.

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