The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman told journalists that, at the UN today, the US and Denmark are holding a meeting of Security Council, African Union and EU Foreign Ministers on Darfur. He also highlighted that the Prime Minister in particular wants the meeting to focus on the need for the UN to reinforce the African Union force pending vital deployment of the UN Force; the need for a political process to move forward the Darfur Peace Agreement; and, to help that, a ministerial level visit to Khartoum to set this out to the Government of Sudan; international leaders should be ready to meet soon to consider the next steps. The Prime Minister hopes that this meeting will set out strongly and clearly what the international community expects of Sudan. The Prime Minister remains very focussed on the issue of Darfur and the need to move it forward despite all the difficulties we are having in doing so.
When asked about whether the UK was prepared to give up its veto on EU matters related to the criminal justice system in favour of qualified majority voting, the PMOS said, as he had done previously, that today's meeting was an informal meeting at which no decisions would be taken.
Asked whether the Police had contacted the Prime Minister or any Downing Street officials, the PMOS said there was no change from what he had said previously and he would not be giving a running commentary. The one exception to this, as he had always said, is in terms of the Prime Minister, and the answer to that was no.
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When asked about the Prime Minister's plans for travelling to Party Conference the PMOS referred journalists to the Labour Party.
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