"The former president, amid laughter from the audience in Barcelona at a conference with former President Jimmy Carter and the Former High Representative of the European Union, Javier Solana.
Carter became president of the USA between 1977 and 1981 when he was defeated by Ronald Reagan and has worked as an international mediator in many conflicts, work that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
He currently heads his family foundation, called "Carter Center", which works on projects controls and supports humanitarian and electoral processes in countries in conflict or with little democratic tradition, especially in Africa and Asia.
Precisely because of his work in all these areas, the Generalitat of Catalonia will deliver him tomorrow Catalonia International Prize 2010.
In the ceremony held in the auditorium of La Pedrera and organized the Social Work of Caixa Catalunya and the foundation of the Information and Documentation Centre of Barcelona (CIDOB), both retired executives have discussed foreign policy, with special emphasis on safety and relations between the United States and emerging powers.
Both Solana and Carter have agreed on the importance of the Middle East to global stability, and in particular the peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
"If Israel withdrew from its occupation in Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, we would have peace. It's really that simple" said Carter.
Carter has also reviewed other aspects of world affairs, as the growing influence of China, and has opted for nuclear energy as a possible solution to the challenges of climate change and reduce dependence on oil.
The former president was optimistic about the role of U.S. President, Barack Obama, which has said it can lead the fight against climate change and a process to end the nuclear weapons.
However, Carter lamented that "the commitment to human rights" was greater when he took the presidency of the United States that now, and has advocated an increase in aid from rich countries to developing countries."Link
Wikipedia writes: "The Carter Center's funding by Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries has been criticized. Alan Dershowitz alleges that the Carter Center's consistent criticism of Israel, while calling the United Arab Emirates "almost completely free and open" has been influenced by the fact that some of the Center's funding comes from Middle Eastern sources. One of the initial contributors to the Center was Bank of Commerce and Credit International founder Agha Hasan Abedi, who donated $500,000. Abedi and BCCI also donated $8 million to Carter's Global 2,000 project." Link