U.N. will hold ceremony of remembrance on Sept. 11 in solidarity with United States

Friday, August 16th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The United Nations will hold a ceremony of remembrance to express the shared loss of all nations on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The ceremony at U.N. headquarters will be open to diplomats and U.N. staff, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Hua Jiang said Thursday.

``The United Nations will hold a solemn ceremony of remembrance on the morning of Sept. 11 as an expression of shared loss with New York, our host city, and with people throughout the world who lost loved ones,'' she said.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte, and Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kavan, who will take over as president of the General Assembly on Sept. 10, will speak along with representatives of the U.N. staff.

The U.N. Security Council is also expected to hold a meeting on Sept. 11 focusing on the fight against global terrorism.

Many world leaders are expected to be in New York on Sept. 11 because the General Assembly's annual ministerial debate begins the following day.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city has invited world leaders to attend an observance at sunset, when an eternal flame will be lit in Battery Park.