While we see a developping war between Russia and Georgia, Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union rests at the home of the parish of Cela, in the municipality of Bueu (Pontevedra), where he enjoys his summer since over 14 years. Since his arrival in Bueu, Solana has already had occasion to visit the beaches of Portomaior Agrelo and to take walks in the mountains of Cela, and in addition to start reading several books at once: History and Literature. Among them, recommended for the "interested", the novel entitled 'The Viceroys' by Federico de Roberto, a novel that was first published in 1894 and describes the rivalries and family dramas of the "Viceroys", the powerful dynastic families that dominated the Sicilan nobility at the time of the Risorgimento and adapted too well to change. About the region Solana says: "A wonderful time, the light, the sun and the beauty of the landscape,". As in the past six years, he has scheduled a "mini-tour" of three days by foot, accompanied by his friend, Xerardo Estevez, former mayor of Santiago de Compostella (where allegedly lays the grave of Jesus brother James and a lots of pilgrims arrive by foot every day from all over Europe, the name Compostella refering to "burial ground of the star", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_de_Compostela), Solana recalled that in the past holidays, the walk had passed through the area Sil River between the provinces of Lugo and Ourense. "It's very nice there, so we moved very well and it also gives us a lot of time talking, to get tired a little and get to know Galicia," he added. His plans also include forward "with great interest" to the Olympic Games that just started in China, Javier Solana says he is a "great fan of sports, particularly athletics, recalling his career as minister of education and culture in the 80's, and his responsibility as chairman of the interministerial committee for the Olympics in Barcelona 1992.
Solana has always shown love with the beauty of the Ria de Pontevedra, and even qualify this coastal environment as a "precious" and "absolutely like in paradise." Sources close to him say he intends to stay until the end of the month, although they do not rule out that he might have to leave soon for work.
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Yes, a lot of work lays ahead, as he told already in April:
"Before I finish let me tell you about the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest last week. I think
that, seen together with the meeting at the weekend in Sochi between President Bush and
President Putin, it gives us grounds for, if not optimism, a sense of constructive realism on the
big strategic issues that are important for us as well as for NATO. With the difficulties that we may be facing in 2009 and 2010 when all the major agreements on disarmament will come up for renewal it will be important for the EU and its citizens to have the possibility of avoiding a vacuum between now and then. So, I very much hope that our efforts to that end will bear fruit and will allow us to enter the period 2009-2010 with the feeling that the very important agreements that were reached in 1999, 2000 and 2001 with President Yeltsin will be maintained and that we will not be moving into a vacuum where these major agreements, which have been the fundamental pillars of our strategic security, are concerned."
"On the EU's relations with NATO, the High Representative emphasized also that cooperation
within the "Berlin Plus" framework for EU operations using NATO assets, such as the very
successful operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, worked very smoothly. Where relations
outside the "Berlin Plus" arrangements were concerned, there were problems of
interpretation by some NATO countries, which made aspects of practical cooperation on the
ground difficult in some cases, for example in Afghanistan and in Kosovo. This was a matter
that must be resolved, said Mr SOLANA."
"Mr SOLANA assured the committee that the EU mission to monitor the border between Gaza
and Egypt at Rafah was still in the region, ready to deploy immediately if called upon: "We have not left."
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