Moratinos heads for Darfuras UN under pressure to act

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17 September 2004, MADRID - Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos was travelling to war-torn Sudan Friday for a working visit as the United Nations comes under increasing pressure to act on the Darfur crisis.

17 September 2004

MADRID - Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos was travelling to war-torn Sudan Friday for a working visit as the United Nations comes under increasing pressure to act on the Darfur crisis.

The Spanish foreign ministry said Moratinos would arrive in Khartoum on Friday night at the head of a four-strong delegation ahead of talks with enior Sudanese officials.

Spain currently holds the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan earlier called on the Security Council to take urgent action over a US draft resolution on  Darfur.

Moratinos is scheduled to meet members of Spanish non-governmental organisations and ambassadors from EU states in Khartoum.

On Saturday he is to meet UN special envoy Jan Pronk and then hold talks with President Omar al-Beshir prior to visiting the Darfur region itself.

Moratinos' visit comes ahead of next week's UN General Assembly meeting which Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will attend.

Spanish government sources said on Thursday that Zapatero will call for multilateral action to resolve conflicts in peaceful fashion and with respect for international law.

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Subject: Spanish news

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