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U.N. chief travels to North Korea on humanitarian mission

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 2:43 PM EDT, Mon October 17, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos is in North Korea for five days
  • She will look at the humanitarian situation in the country

(CNN) -- A U.N. official has arrived in North Korea to get a firsthand look at the humanitarian situation in the country, the United Nations said in a statement Monday.

Valerie Amos, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, will be in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for five days, according to the statement.

Her trip will include travel to South Hamgyong and Kangwon provinces, it said.

On Friday, Amos is expected to meet with U.N. representatives, humanitarian non-government organizations and members of the diplomatic community.

On her way back, she will hold a press conference in China to discuss the humanitarian mission, the United Nations said.

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