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UN chief arrives in Baghdad on surprising visit
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Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

°§UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Baghdad on one-day unannounced visit.
°§Ban and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki are expected to hold talks.
°§This is Ban's first visit to Iraq after he took over Kofi Annan as the UN chief.

    BAGHDAD, March 22 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived here on one-day unannounced visit to Iraq for talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi television reported.

    Ban and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki are expected to hold talks in the fortified green zone, a Iraqi governmental source was quoted as saying.

    This is Ban's first visit to Iraq after he took over Kofi Annan as the UN chief. Annan visited Baghdad in November 2005.

    Ban will be in Baghdad for only one day to hold talks with premier Maliki, confirmed U.N. officials, declining to give more details about the visit.

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UN chief condemns chlorine gas attacks in Iraq

    UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent chlorine gas attacks in Iraq that wounded more than 350 people, his spokesperson Michele Montas said Monday.

    "The secretary-general strongly condemns the recent multiple terrorist bombings using chlorine gas in the Al Anbar province of Iraq which wounded or sickened more than 350 people," she told a press briefing.

UN chief to embark on Middle East trip

    UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will leave later this week for Egypt, the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel, Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East, his spokesperson Michele Montas said Monday.

    During the visit, the secretary-general will attend the Arab Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 28, before departing for Beirut, Lebanon, Montas said.

    The secretary-general's main priorities for the trip will be the Middle East peace process, stability in Lebanon, Darfur and the UN role within the International Compact with Iraq, an initiative launched by the UN and the Iraqi government to garner international support for the country's political, economic and social development over the next five years, she added.

Editor: Liu Dan
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