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Secretary-General to propose UN strategy to fight terrorism at summit in Spain

9 March 2005 Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived today in Madrid to deliver the keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, outlining a principled, comprehensive strategy for the United Nations to counter terrorism.

In the speech, to be made Thursday, Mr. Annan will make a strong plea to Member States to unite behind the proposal of his High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change for a clear definition of terrorism, and to complete a comprehensive convention outlawing terrorism in all its forms.

After his arrival in the Spanish capital, Mr. Annan held talks with Prime Minister Josť Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on a range of global issues, discussing developments in Iraq, the Middle East, including Syria and Lebanon, Western Sahara and UN reform.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, the Secretary-General said he was in Spain "to express the UN's determination to work with governments and countries and peoples around the world to fight terrorism and to express our solidarity to the victims of terrorism here on the 11th of March, terrorism everywhere and all the victims of terrorism in Spain."

He added that he hoped the meeting "will allow us to reaffirm the need for international collaboration and for all of us to work together in attempting to deny terrorists the opportunities and pooling our efforts to ensure that they are not given the national support, logistical support or safe haven in any of our countries."

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