• The Secretary General may visit Cyprus towards the end of February following a planned trip to Athens and Ankara. It depends on his judgement whether a personal intervention in Nicosie would help to nudge or budge the two old protagonists to move closer to an agreement. That may not be certain after recent elections in the Greek sector.

  • While prospects of war on Iraq seem to dominate political activities, there seems to be little preparation for the International Day for Solidarity with Woman on 8 March. The division directly concerned apparently has diminished public impact and even lesser outreach.