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The Spanish diplomat Inocencio Arias will preside over the Procession of the Palm of Domingo de Ramos in Cieza organized by Los Dormis (26/02/2018)

Inocencio Arias Llamas, diplomat and writer, popularly known as Chencho Arias, was born in Albox (Almería) in 1940. Arias has held important positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, being Secretary of State for Cooperation, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of Spain in the United Nations and spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with three different governments of democracy (UCD, PSOE and PP).

Arias will preside next Palm Sunday, March 25, in Cieza, the Procession of the Palm, in which passes the step 'Entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem', belonging to the Brotherhood of the Prayer of the Garden and the Holy Sepulcher, known popularly known as 'The Dormis'.

The diplomat studied the baccalaureate in Alicante and graduated in Law at the University of Murcia.

After overcoming an opposition he agreed to the diplomatic career in 1967, and was stationed in Bolivia, Algeria and Portugal.

He headed the Diplomatic Information Office and was a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the periods 1980-1982 (UCD), 1985-1988 (PSOE) and 1996-1997 (PP).

Secretary of State for Cooperation, in 1988 he was appointed undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secretary General of Foreign Policy, which obliged him to be part of the entourage of the kings of Spain and Prince Felipe in their travel abroad.It was Ambassador from Spain at the UN for 7 years.

In this position he was elected president of the Association of Ambassadors to the UN and president of the World Committee against Terrorism.

Inocencio Arias represented Spain in the Security Council during the 2003 Iraq war. From his different responsibilities, Arias has participated in several international conferences, such as the Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), European Councils (1986, 87, 88 and 96), - NATO summits (Madrid, 1997), Middle East Summit (Madrid, 1991), Summit of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Jakarta, 1992), Ibero-American summits of Mexico (1991), Madrid (1992), Bahia (1993) and Santiago (1996). On the other hand, he has been a professor of International Relations at the Complutense University and the Carlos III University of Madrid, as well as general director of Real Madrid between 1993 and 1995. his experience in this position he wrote the book entitled 'The Three Myths of Real Madrid' about the personal and sporting career of three outstanding strikers of the team, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Emilio Butragueño and Raúl.

He is the author of several books related to his profession.

'Confessions of a diplomat' in which he narrates his period in the UN and makes considerations about this organization and the American world.

'The backroom of diplomacy: From Eva Perón to Barack Obama', '25 meetings that changed our history ', where various international summits are described.

And 'The Presidents and Diplomacy: I slept with Suarez and I got up with Zapatero', in which he recounts the successes and mistakes of the Spanish presidents in the international arena, as well as numerous anecdotes. After his retirement in 2010, Inocencio Arias writes weekly a blog titled 'Chronicles of a retired diplomat' in the digital edition of El Mundo.

He has published numerous articles in the Spanish and international press, as well as collaborating weekly on the morning of Carlos Herrera in the COPE network.

Among his honorary recognitions are the great crosses of Chile, Colombia, Bolivia and Honduras;

Order of Isabel la Católica (1980);

Order of Carlos III (1982);

Order of May, granted by Argentina;

Order of St. Michael and St. George, of the United Kingdom (Great Britain);

Medal of Merit of Germany;

Medal of Merit of the Italian Republic and Medal of St. Olaf of Norway.

Likewise, he has been awarded by the International Press Club, the National Association of Press Graphic Informers and the 'Primera Plana' media.

Brotherhood of the Orchard and the Holy Sepulcher Prayer

The Dormis (Cieza)

Source: Agencias

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