The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

12.11.1999 PRESS RELEASE

President Martti Ahtisaari's travel to Turkey, Kosovo and Rome

President Martti Ahtisaari will travel to Turkey on Wednesday November 17, 1999, to participate in OSCE-meeting in Istanbul on November 18 - 19, 1999.

President Ahtisaari's journey will continue as an official visit in Istanbul on November 19, and in Ankara on November 20, where he will have talks with President Süleiman Demirel and Prime Minister Sülent Ecevit.

On Sunday November 21, President Ahtisaari will continue to Kosovo where he will inspect the KFOR Finnish Peace Keeping Battalion. He will travel from Pristina to Rome during the same evening.

On Monday November 22, President Ahtisaari will meet President Carlo Ciampi of Italy and give a lecture on forestry at the General Assembly of the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation.

On Tuesday November 23, President Ahtisaari will visit the Vatican and meet Pope John Paul II.

The president will return to Finland on Tuesday evening.

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