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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will tour France and Italy from November 4th to the 8th during which she will meet with French President François Hollande and Pope Francisco while visiting the OECD and the UNESCO.

    Hollande’s meeting will be held on November 4th. They will be discussing bilateral issues, in particular the trade momentum with the recent entry into the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union.

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    They will also discuss cooperation on issues such as police, maritime safety, extradition, legal assistance, and the territorial problems facing Costa Rica and Nicaragua that are being resolved in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    On November 5th, the Costa Rican President will visit the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in France. Chinchilla will meet with the Secretary General of the OECD, Angel Gurria, and hold meetings within that organization to present the plan of action to gain entry to the organization by 2015.

    November 6th, the president will attend the general conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and deliver a speech at the Leaders Forum. Chinchilla will end her European tour on November 8th with an audience at the Vatican with Pope Francisco and Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.

    According to the Costa Rican President, during the meeting with the Pope, she will express a “message of affection from the people of Costa Rica” and discuss Costa Rica internal situations such as combating organized crime, as well as the territorial dispute with Nicaragua.

    “I will tell him that despite all, Costa Rica continues to promote peace and disarmament,” said Chinchilla. Chinchilla, who will end her presidential term next May, said she feels very privileged that in her four-year term she will have met both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. (EFE)

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