Terrorism summit to mark Madrid anniversary
16 December 2004, MADRID-The Spanish government is to propose hosting an international conference on terrorism to coincide with the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, an official source said.
16 December 2004
MADRID-The Spanish government is to propose hosting an international conference on terrorism to coincide with the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, an official source said.
Government sources said Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on his way Wednesday afternoon to Brussels for a two-day EU summit, would broach the issue with his fellow EU leaders.
Madrid wants the proposed conference, whose dates have been provisionally set for 8-11 March, to bring together the permanent members of the EU Security Council and some 40 other nations, including several Arab countries.
A similar conference on democracy and terrorism had already been mooted, but limited to the Club of Madrid, which unites some 50 former heads of state and international institutions for the furthering of global democracy, for 11 March.
The coordinated attacks on four packed commuter trains killed 191 people and injured some 1,900 more on March 11 in Spain's worst ever terrorist attack and the worst in Europe since the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270.
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Subject: Spanish news