Moratinos pays homage to Arafat

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3 December 2004, JERUSALEM-Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos paid homage to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at his graveside on the latest leg of his whistle-stop tour of the Middle East.

3 December 2004

JERUSALEM-Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos paid homage to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at his graveside on the latest leg of his whistle-stop tour of the Middle East.

Moratinos, the European Union's former envoy to the region, went to Arafat's graveside to pay a brief homage to the Palestinian leader who died last month.

He was accompanied by the de-facto Palestinian head of state Saeb Erakat.

Palestinian sources said Moratinos was also expected to hold talks in the West Bank on Friday with PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Ahmed Qorei.

It is the latest part of a brief three-day visit to the Middle East.

Moratinos met Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and Labour opposition leader Shimon Peres on Thursday.

During this meeting, Moratinos said the EU should give Israel special treatment.

He paid a visit to the Yad Vashem museum, which is a memorial to the six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis.

His scheduled talks with the Palestinian and Israeli leadership follow similar trips by US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw as part of a new push for peace in the aftermath of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.

In his time as EU envoy, Moratinos managed to irritate Sharon by continuing to visit Arafat in his shattered compound at Ramallah, even though Israel had dismissed him as an "irrelevance".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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