Monday, May 10, 2010

three strange documents


Today I found three strange documents connected with Javier Solana/ i.e. with his absence...
the first says noone deals anymore with the Eastern partners since he left EU and is connecting him with CIDCM Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. After their own site "The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development works to further the dialogue for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world. The Chair also seeks to bridge the gap that often occurs between the academic and policy worlds, bringing the policy community of nearby Washington, D.C. in closer touch with the latest research findings through an active and rigorous research agenda." Link
Here the mentioned text:

"Radio Free Europe Documents and Publications

May 10, 2010

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called it a "new start" in the EU's relations with its eastern neighbors.

But one year after the signing in Prague of the Eastern Partnership with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, the European Union seems to have all but forgotten what was then touted as a landmark initiative.

As journalists often do, RFE/RL's Belarus Service wanted to write a story to mark the anniversary. The only problem was that no one seemed to know what they were talking about.

A press representative for Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign-affairs chief, seemed genuinely surprised to get a call about something called the Eastern Partnership. Turns out Ashton was not giving interviews about the Eastern Partnership, whatever that is. And no, her office had no plans to issue a statement to mark the occasion.

To make matters worse, today was also supposed to be Ukraine Day in Brussels to mark the first anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. But Ukraine Day turned into plain old Friday, with no explanation.

RFE/RL's Belarus Service also wanted to get reactions to recent comments made to Reuters by Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, in which he said the West had abandoned him in the wake of the Eastern Partnership, by failing to deliver on agreements allegedly forged in Minsk by visiting EU heavyweights eager to get "Europe's last dictator" on board.

Easier said than done.

Former EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, one of the architects of the Eastern Partnership, now works for the German reinsurance giant Munich Re. Contacted by RFE/RL, representatives there would only say that "this is not a political company." No help was given.

Former EU foreign-affairs chief Javier Solana, another architect of the Eastern Partnership, is listed as a distinguished senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. A call to the communications department at Brookings elicted no contact number for Solana -- only a suggestion to call the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland -- where, it turns out, they didn't know what RFE/RL was talking about either.

Anyone have Barroso's phone number?

-- Grant Podelco - Eastern Partnership

Copyright (c) 2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.


the second text is about the EU negotiations with Iran, telling

"Ashton's predecessor, Javier Solana, negotiated with Iran on behalf of the 3+3 for years, but never succeeded in convincing the country to subject its nuclear programme to international scrutiny. Ashton, who took office last December, has so far not been asked by the six-country group to continue Solana's work." Link

which means, maybe he is continuing there?

...ah yes, and the third text is an old document from 2005, created at the EU commission at Javier Solanas birthday (14.07.2005) and send to him some days later. It's about biotechnology and genetic enegereeing (see pictures above)...Link
stay tuned!

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