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Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Annan disappointed that leader of DPR of Korea will not attend Millennium Summit
5 September -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed disappointment that the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will not attend the United Nations Millennium Summit this week.

A statement released by Mr. Annan's spokesman said that Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of DPRK, had cancelled his planned visit to the Summit in New York "following an incident at the airport in Frankfort, Germany."

Noting that the cancellation meant that the planned meeting between the leaders of the Republic of Korea and the DPRK would not take place, the spokesman said that 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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