Saturday, February 05, 2011

Egypt takes center stage at Munich Security Conference


Munich, Germany (CNN) -- The ongoing unrest in Egypt cast a long shadow Saturday over the Munich Security Conference, a gathering set up to address global security issues.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled that the United States is backing a transition led by newly appointed Egyptian vice president. "I think it's important to follow the transition process announced by the Egyptian government, actually headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman," she said.

"Which is why I think it's important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian Government, actually headed by now Vice President Omar Suleiman."

Suleiman began meeting independent opposition figures on Saturday to go through various options, including a proposal for him to assume the president's powers for an interim period.

Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Suleiman on Saturday to ask about progress on the transition as well as to express concern over continued attacks on civil groups and detention of journalists, activists and human rights advocates, the White House said in a statement.

"He stressed the need for a concrete reform agenda, a clear timeline, and immediate steps that demonstrate to the public and the opposition that the Egyptian government is committed to reform," the statement said. Link Link

Mr. Suleiman is the interlocutor. Clinton said he was confirmed by Lady Ashton, the director of the "foreign policy" on behalf of the European Middle East Quartet. Nothing to do with Eastern Europe during the velvet revolutions. Now no one is a dissident. A transition "orderly."

The evening continued with a specific discussion about what is happening in the Arab world. Its participants were a director of "national security" of Israel, the Foreign Minister of Turkey, the director of the German Institute, the American special envoy Crowley, Javier Solana, former Mr. CFSP of Europe. A debate on the Arab world without Arabs. This remains the "comprehensive security" of the Munich Conference. LINK

"The 47th edition of the conference was to see the usual who's who of makers and shakers. This year's guest list included US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Such is the prestige of the conference that European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton convinced her colleagues to use it as a venue for a meeting of the so-called Middle East Quartet comprised of the EU, Russia, the United States and the United Nations." Link

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Retired, my foot.