October 24 morning preview


* The Column Hall of the House of Unions will host a ceremony dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend (6:00 p.m.).

* Russian Culture and Mass Communications Minister Alexander Sokolov will present state culture and art awards (2:00 p.m.).

* A special session of the Joint Control Commission for the Georgian-Ossetian conflict resolution will be held.

* The Federation Council (parliament's upper house) will hold hearings on the effectiveness of the judicial system (2:00 p.m.).

* Chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission Alexander Veshnyakov will give a news conference on the preliminary results of the referendum on the unification of the far eastern Kamchatka region and the Koryak autonomous district (12:00 p.m.).

* A roundtable on the development of Russia's Arctic region will be held (12:00 p.m.).

* President of the Moscow Bar Association Genri Reznik will hold a news conference (12:00 p.m.).

* The 16th two-day International Career Forum will open.

* Leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov will give a news conference (12:30 p.m.).


* The first international conference, Terrorism and Electronic Media, will open in the Russian Black Sea resort.


* The Russian-Norwegian commission for the distribution of fishing quotas will hold a session to discuss the Elektron trawler incident and the fishing situation near Svalbard.


* A two-day session of the permanent commission of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly for agrarian policy, resources, and ecology will open.


* A plenary session of the European Parliament will open (until October 27).


* A session of the UN Security Council on Kosovo will open. A delegation from Serbia and Montenegro headed by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica will attend.

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