Former European leaders:
Sanction Israel over settlement building
26 former top EU officials, including ex EU chief Solana and former German President Richard von Weizsacker, urge world powers to confront Jerusalem over its refusal to obey international law.By Akiva EldarA group of 26 senior former European leaders who held power during the past decade are calling for strong measures against Israel in response to its settlement policy and refusal to abide by international law."A group of 26 senior former European leaders who held power during the past decade are calling for strong measures against Israel in response to its settlement policy and refusal to abide by international law. strong measures against Israel in response to its settlement policy and refusal toabide by international law.Among those signing the letter are the former European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, former German President Richard von Weizsacker, former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzales, former president of the EU Commission and former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
update dec 13: the letter:
In an unusual letter sent Thursday to the leadership of the European Union and the governments of the EU's 27 member states, the signatories, including former heads of state, ministers and heads of European organizations, criticize Israel's policies.Among those signing the letter are the former European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, former German President Richard von Weizsacker, former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzales, former president of the EU Commission and former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, and former Irish President Mary Robinson. The group drew up a series of recommendations to the current EU leadership during a meeting in London in mid-November.
The sharply worded document joins a decision by the governments of South American countries, including Brazil and Argentina, to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. In addition, the European Union Council has decided to support the Palestinian Authority's decision to establish an independent state and put an end to the occupation.
As such, they are calling on the European Union to play a more effective and active role vis-a-vis the United States, Israel and others. They also want it made clear that a European Union decision to upgrade relations with Israel and other bilateral agreements will be frozen unless Israel freezes settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They also propose that the EU announce that it will not accept any unilateral changes to the 1967 border that Israel carried out against international law, and that the Palestinian state would cover an area the same size as the area occupied in 1967. This would also include the establishment of a capital in East Jerusalem.
The leaders recommend that the EU support only minor land swaps on which the two sides agree". LINK
"In a letter to the European Council, which will be meeting at next week’s summit in Brussels, seven former prime ministers, three ex-presidents and seven former foreign ministers urge the EU to set out a strategic timetable for progress, which, if not met, would trigger a fundamental change in policy, including possible referral of the conflict to the UN Security Council...The European group, co-ordinated by Lord Patten, former EU foreign relations commissioner, and Hubert Védrine, a former French foreign minister, was established last year in response to an initiative led by US statesmen including Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker and Zbigniew Brzezinski – and also by Mr Obama’s Cairo speech in June 2009 calling for a new chapter in US relations with the Middle East and the Muslim world. The seven-page letter, seen by the Financial Times, makes detailed proposals derived from the Middle East policy set out at last December’s EU summit, which itself synthesised European positions going back to the Venice Declaration of 1980. The Venice Declaration brought the Palestine Liberation Organisation in from the diplomatic cold.
It says that “if there is no progress by its next meeting scheduled for April 2011, this will leave the council with no alternative but to refer the matter to the international community to enable the latter to lead efforts to define a vision and strategy for a resolution of this conflict”. That could mean referral to the Security Council, say people involved in drafting the statement.
In the past, efforts by the EU to develop a more robust position on the Middle East have run into the near unconditional support for Israeli policy by Germany and Holland. The letter’s signatories, however, include Helmut Schmidt, former German chancellor, and former president Richard von Weiszäcker, as well as former prime ministers Andreas van Agt of the Netherlands, Guiliano Amato and Romano Prodi of Italy, Felipe González of Spain and Lionel Jospin of France, as well as Javier Solana, the former EU foreign policy chief...
it urges a high-level EU fact-finding visit followed by urgent proposals..."
Question: What do these leaders have also in common? - Answer: They are Honorary Members of the Club of Budapest (Robinson, Weizäcker) or of the Club of Rome (Solana, Prodi) under the leadership of New Age Guru Ervin Laszló, who urges people to join him in a alleged global Shift in 2012! see here: Link
This links also to my article