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UN: No Plans for Annan Visit to Zimbabwe


A United Nations spokesman says Secretary General Kofi Annan currently has no plans to visit Zimbabwe.

The spokesman's statement came after Friday's edition of Zimbabwe's government-sponsored newspaper said Mr. Annan was to visit the country at the invitation of President Robert Mugabe.

The newspaper reported that President Mugabe invited the secretary-general to personally survey the situation in Zimbabwe following a highly critical report from U.N. envoy Jan Egeland last month.

After touring Zimbabwe, Mr. Egeland reported that conditions there were "extremely serious and getting worse." He blamed the crisis on the government's demolition of informal homes and businesses that the U.N. estimates affected 700,000 people.

Mr. Mugabe called Mr. Egeland a hypocrite for the report, saying the U.N. envoy had misrepresented Zimbabwe.