Vienna, 6 October 2005 Press release

State Secretary Winkler travels to Sudan for talks


Meeting with Sudanese leaders and Austrian peace-keepers

Vienna, 6 October 2005 - On Friday, 7 October 2005, Hans Winkler, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will travel to Sudan for a meeting of the EU Troika. During his two-day stay Winkler will meet representatives of the Sudanese government as well as Austrian peace-keeping troops, who are participating in a UN mission in Sudan.

As a member of the EU Troika, Winkler will meet with the President of Sudan, Hassan al-Bashir, and the Foreign Minister, Lam Akol.

In addition to Winkler, the Troika delegation comprises the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, and the British Foreign Office Minister, Lord David Triesman, who are accompanied by a representative of the European Commission.

Central themes of the visit will be the further implementation of the "Comprehensive Peace Agreement" for the solution of the North-South conflict as well as a meeting with the Sudanese Government, which has been in office since 20 September 2005.

State Secretary Winkler will also take this opportunity to meet with the Austrian peace-keeping troops in Khartoum. At present, five members of the Austrian armed forces are participating in a mission in Sudan within the framework of UNMIS (United Nations Mission in the Sudan). The goal of the UN mission, among other things, is to support the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

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