Powell to meet Annan, Solana in New York


US Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to New York this week for talks on postwar Iraq, the Middle East and other matters with UN chief Kofi Annan and top European Union diplomat Javier Solana, US officials said this evening.

Powell and Solana are to be honored by the Foreign Policy Association, a New York-based international affairs organization, at the group's annual dinner on Wednesday, the officials said.

Powell's one-on-one meetings with Solana and Annan are expected Thursday but the venues for the talks are not yet set, they said.

Powell plans to leave Saturday for his second trip to Europe and the Middle East this month in a bid to promote the so-called "roadmap" for Israeli-Palestinian peace, the officials said.

The roadmap was drafted by the international diplomatic "quartet" on the Middle East, which includes the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

After seeing Annan and Solana this week, Powell expects to meet with Russian President Valdimir Puting and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov May 14 in Moscow as part of his upcoming trip, the officials said.