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Ban Ki-Moon expected in Chadian capital on today

Posted by African Press International on September 7, 2007

NDjamena (Chad) The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, is expected in Ndjamena on Friday morning, APA learnt from UN sources in the Chadian capital.

The UN boss will have a working session with humanitarian groups, little after his arrival in the Chadian capital, the same sources indicated.

Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno will receive Ban Ki-moon at the presidential palace, the visit schedule indicated.

After a press conference which will follow this audience, the UN Secretary-General will visit Lake Chad , at over 150 km north-west of NDjamena.

He will thus be able to note the emaciation of this large lake, remnant of the Paleochadian Sea.

Lake Chad, which spread on more than 25, 000 sq. metres with over 4 metres depth in some areas, is today nothing more than a large puddle of less than 10,000 sq. metres.

According to the visit schedule, Ban will not be visiting any refugee and displaced peoples camps in Chad.

This one-day visit is within the framework a tour the UN chief diplomat started in Sudan 48 hours ago and which ends in the Central African Republic.

Published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel+4793299739 or+4763002525 source.apa

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