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Ban Ki-moon celebrates birthday on an Argentine coach and with ‘alfajores’

Monday, June 13th 2011 - 22:02 UTC
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The UN Secretary General and Mrs Ban Ki-moon having breakfast at an Argentine highway cafeteria (Photo PERFIL) The UN Secretary General and Mrs Ban Ki-moon having breakfast at an Argentine highway cafeteria (Photo PERFIL)
UN Secretary arrived by bus at Bs. Aires (Photo PERFIL) UN Secretary arrived by bus at Bs. Aires (Photo PERFIL)

On the day of his 67th birthday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his delegation arrived in Buenos Aires by coach after having landed in the northern city of Cordoba.

Buenos Aires two main airports, Ezeiza and the Metropolitan Aeroparque were closed because of the volcanic ash that has been hovering over south and central Argentina ever since the eruption a week ago of the Chilean volcano Puyehue.

The UN delegation flew to Argentina from Colombia on Sunday and since Buenos Aires was unreachable by air it was decided to land in Cordoba, where a coach was contracted for the 700 kilometres leg to the Argentine capital, escorted by the Federal Police.

Early Monday morning Ban Ki-moon decided to have breakfast in the city of Rosario, hometown of world soccer star Leonel Messi. Together with his wife Yoo Soon-taek and delegation they had coffee and local pastry in a highway gasoline station.

By mid-day they had reached Buenos Aires where he met with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner who apologized to the UN Secretary General for the inconveniences, which she blamed on Chile.

“Most certainly you were better looked after at the gasoline station than here”, said jokingly the Argentine president who added that “the ashes are Chilean but the pastry (“alfajores”) is Argentine”.
 

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  • xbarilox

    Córdoba isn't a northern city, it's just in the central region of the country.

    “which she blamed on Chile.” Dullards! she didn't blame the inconveniences on chile.

    Lo único rico en este artículo son los alfajores jiji

    Jun 13th, 2011 - 10:29 pm 0
  • Frank

    What a way to treat some-one of his standing.... erm... 'the limo is unavailable....catch a bus..., if you are lucky it will stop for breakfast somewhere and if you are very lucky the bogs at the truck stop will be functioning..........'

    What will he remember when he gets home.... the diegos rabbiting on about the falklands or the bus trip.....?

    Jun 13th, 2011 - 10:58 pm 0
  • Artillero601

    May be he request no special treatment?

    Jun 13th, 2011 - 11:01 pm 0
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