Tuesday, April 07, 2009

at AoC: Moussa: What do you expect? We kiss you?

PhotobucketPresident Barack Obama visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Moussa at AOC meeting in Istanbul, President Barack Obama visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Moussa to Israel: What do you expect? We kiss you?
Moussa and EU FMs urge Israel to stop settlements
The head of the Arab League and two European foreign ministers called on Israel to stop settlement activity and work with Palestinians to implement a two-state solution in the region, during a high-level panel discussion at the second Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), which also featured Turkey’s chief EU negotiator. Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the League of Arab States, said to tell “Israel to stop settlements,” during yesterday’s panel discussion, which focused on peace in the Middle East.

“This should be communicated through the Security Council. If this happens, we are in the business,” he added, referring to expectations regarding a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine side by side.

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos reiterated Moussa’s statements and said Israeli settlement in the Palestinian territories should come to a halt.

“We need to give a strong message to Israel by EU,” Moratinos said.

Along the same lines, Luxembourgian Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn stated: “We cannot accept in the EU that Israel will leave the two-state position. We can’t tolerate that.”

He also said Syria was an important player in the region and that it should be engaged. He said the time was right for Syria and the EU to make an association agreement that would show Syria that it has friends in the EU and that the EU is well aware of Syria’s important position in the Middle East. State Minister Egemen Bağış, Turkey’s chief negotiator for EU talks, said Turkey also supported a two-state solution and was committed to being part of the peace process. “We have a saying: If your neighbor’s house is on fire, you need to put it out,” he added...."



United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) can "stamp out the sparks" of fires before they catch as opposed to the UN, which deals with fires after they break out....LINK

stay tuned!



joyce said...

You can look at the rest of my comment over on Constance's but Obama sure is a versatile guy, mosques, seder's...before you know it we'll have a Buddhist shrine in the White House.



aferrismoon said...

saw your comment at Newspaceman. Wonderful post, excellent ideas. I live in Prague.
In Czech govt. has fallen and new man is Jan Fischer, who is not an elected representative, he was head of Statistical Office. On May 9 he will be Premier of Czech and the EU.
This seems like elections won't matter so much anymore