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UN prepares for General Assembly in September sans leaders: sources

Guterres tells staff to arrange for pre-recorded speeches

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told officials at the world body to weigh holding this year's General Assembly in September on schedule but with pre-recorded statements from world leaders rather than in-person speeches, people familiar with the matter said.

Guterres said it is not his wish to postpone the opening of the next General Assembly because of the coronavirus pandemic this year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the U.N.'s founding, though the matter is up to member states to decide, sources said. 

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