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    UN DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL VISITS NORTH CAUCASUS

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    MOSCOW, January 28, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Jan Egeland, United Nations Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, returned to Moscow from the North Caucasus on Tuesday evening. He is continuing to perform his mission in Moscow now.

    On January 27, Mr Egeland visited Chechnya and neighbouring Ingushetia, the UN's Moscow Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs told RIA Novosti.

    Mr Egeland held meetings with Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and Migration Service officials, visited a field hospital, refugee camps and places of residence for displaced persons.

    The conferees discussed the possibility of increasing UN aid to Chechnya. As of today, Chechnya gets over 50% of the UN's overall aid to the North Caucasus.

    On Thursday, January 29, Mr Egeland is expected to meet Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov to "touch on issues related to the programme of aid to the North Caucasus," said the source.

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