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The East: U.S. Envoy On Euro-Asia Tour

Washington, 11 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - America's ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson will set out on a trip this week to Central Asia and Ukraine, as well as Georgia and Russia to discuss U.N. reforms and related issues.

Richardson told reporters that he will be travelling to three Central Asian countries at the request of Vice President Al Gore to demonstrate U.S. support and strengthen bilateral ties.

But he will also be making other stops during a ten-day tour to discuss U.S. plans to scale down contributions to the United Nations and expand membership in the U.N. Security Council.

Richardson left Washington today, travelling first to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

He plans to be in the Kazakh capital of Almaty on Sunday, 17 August. A U.S. State Department official told our correspondent that he will have talks with president Nursultan Nazarbayev about a joint U.S.-Kazakh commission, co-chaired by Gore and Nazarbayev.

Richardson's next stops are to be Tashkent and then Dushanbe, followed by a stop in Tbilisi. The official said that in Tajikistan and Georgia, Richardson will review U.N. peacekeeping missions.

On the last leg of his trip, he is to visit Kyiv and Moscow and stop in Paris before returning to the United States on 21 August.