Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Strange enough but surprising? Exactly on Dr. Javier Solanas birthday 2015 july 14 a breaking deal with Iran on Atom has been reached.  JS had been the main negotiator with Iran for years sent by UN, EU, China, US and Russia.
Stay tuned! Farmer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Solana and others urge EU to hold Israel to account

Former European leaders call for change in EU policy on Israel

Europe must hold Israel to account for the way it maintains the occupation, says letter from former prime ministers and diplomats
Israel PM B​inyamin Netanyahu
 The re-election of Binyamin Netanyahu and the construction of a new Israeli coalition government now requires urgent action by the EU, the group says. Photograph: AFP/Getty
A high-profile group of former European political leaders and diplomats has called for the urgent reassessment of EU policy on the question of a Palestinian state and has insisted Israel must be held to account for its actions in the occupied territories.
In a hard-hitting letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, the group – which includes former prime ministers, foreign ministers and ambassadors also expresses serious doubts about the ability of the US to lead substantive negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
It charges that EU political and financial aid has achieved nothing but the “preservation of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and imprisonment of Gaza”.
The group, known as the European Eminent Persons Group, argues that the re-election of prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the head of a narrow rightwing coalition has made the issue even more pressing.
The signatories include Hubert Védrine and Roland Dumas, former foreign ministers of France, Andreas van Agt, former prime minister of the Netherlands, John Bruton, a former prime minister of Ireland, Michel Rocard, former prime minister of France, Javier Solana, former Nato secretary general and Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK ambassador to the UN.
The letter comes at a time of increasingly heated debate in senior European policy circles amid heightened frustration over the moribund peace process and continued illegal Israeli settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In a damning assessment of EU policy, which the authors say has “hidden” behind US leadership in an “unedifying” manner, the letter says: “Europe has yet to find an effective way of holding Israel to account for the way it maintains the occupation. It is time now to demonstrate to both parties how seriously European public opinion takes contraventions of international law, the perpetration of atrocities and the denial of established rights.”
Predicting that the Palestinian issue is likely to come before the UN security council again in the coming months in the shape of a new draft resolution currently being examined by France, they say: “If this means recognition of a Palestine government-in-waiting for the territories within the pre-1967 borders, or the setting of a deadline for the negotiation of a two-state solution, the EU should be united in support.”
They also call for the EU to reassess relations with Palestinians and Israelis, making relations conditional on the “parties attitude to progress towards a two-state solution”.
The letter came as the US president, Barack Obama, told the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat he had not given up hope for a two-state solution but tensions in the region and “serious questions about overall commitment” have made progress difficult.
“It’s no secret that we now have a very difficult path forward,” he said in an interview. “We look to the new Israeli government and the Palestinians to demonstrate - through policies and actions - a genuine commitment to a two-state solution.”
The former leaders’ letter follows the report to Mogherini sent by 16 EU foreign ministers on 13 April 2015 that calls for the EU-wide introduction of guidelines for correct labelling of settlement products. Supporting this initiative, the authors of the letter go further, calling for “tougher measures to contain [Israeli] settlement expansion and steps to operationalise the EU’s policy of non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty beyond the 1967 borders across the full range of EU-Israeli relations”.
Linking the call explicitly to the re-election of Netanyahu, the letter reads: “The re-election of Binyamin Netanyahu as Israeli prime minister and the construction of a new Israeli coalition government now requires urgent action by the EU to construct a coherent and effective policy on the question of Palestine.
“Mr Netanyahu expressed various views on Palestine in and around the recent election campaign, most of them cold to the concept of an independent Palestinian state. We are convinced in our own minds that he has little intention of negotiating seriously for a two-state solution within the term of this incoming Israeli government. We also have low confidence that the US government will be in a position to take a lead on fresh negotiations with the vigour and the impartiality that a two-state outcome demands.
“Yet the situation on the ground grows steadily more dangerous. It has received less priority attention recently than certain other parts of a very disturbed region, but conditions in the occupied territories remain high on the list of the world’s worst crises in terms not just of political flammability, but also of the denial of international justice, human rights and humanitarian standards.
“Israel’s long-term security, which we value highly, is severely compromised by the current trend of events, as its international reputation. The continued illegal expansion of settlements in area and population will only reinforce this trend.
“We maintain our view that the current financial and political assistance given by Europe and America to the Palestinian Authority achieves little more than the preservation of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and imprisonment of Gaza. The Palestinian Authority’s tenuous grip on the West Bank population’s allegiance has required strong security and other dependence on Israel, funded primarily by Europe and the US. Gaza has shamefully been left to one side.
“Standards of living and human rights in both territories have sunk shockingly low. It is no longer possible for the EU to allow these conditions to continue without grave risk to its international reputation and to its long-term interest in the stability of its neighbourhood.
“Hiding behind American leadership on the politics of the dispute is unedifying and unproductive. The apparently more urgent crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen are little excuse either, when the scope to stand up for principled action on Israel-Palestine, along lines long established by past UN decisions, is better defined than in those other cases. We seem to forget that the context in Palestine is one of 47 years of military occupation, characterised by grave violations of international law.”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Javier Solana now calls for a negotiated settlement in Greece

...the situation in Europe must be bad enough as we see Mr.Solana now popping up suddenly again from behind his veil back to every podium possible speaking for a United Europe
translated from the Spanish article of Pablo Monge 16.03.2015 Cinco Dias http://cincodias.com/cincodias/2015/03/11/mercados/1426110872_806914.html

"Círculo de Bellas Artes yesterday hosted a debate on the situation in Greece. Javier Solana, former High Representative for Foreign Policy Council of the EU, called for a negotiated solution to Athens. "The solution for Greece is to negotiate, but all parties must respect each other. You can not humiliate when negotiating." With these words, Solana said at an event organized by El País and Alternatives Foundation in collaboration with Five Days and Cadena SER, "the importance of the discussions between the Hellenic country and Europe."
The politician stressed that negotiations must be based on growth. The prospect of a euro exit by Greece is unwanted even by most Greeks, recalled the politician. "European authorities have acknowledged that their policies in Greece were based on miscalculations," he said.
Nicolás Sartorius, executive vice president of the Alternatives Foundation, said, "We want Greece to remain in the EU, but solidarity is a two-way street. It must be a mutual solidarity, which should be the EU ". For his part, economist at the University of Alcalá, José Carlos Díez, said "has not been managed well the first program, the projections were Surrealists made (...). The Government of Tsipras goes straight to suicide, unable to comply with the program. "
The spokesman for Syriza in the Greek region of Attica, Corina Vasilopulou, warned that "Spain is no stranger to the Greek experiment, or Portugal or Italy or Ireland." Vasilopulou stressed that the austerity policy led in recent years has depleted a quarter of the population.
While the journalist Maria Antonia Sanchez El País Vallejo said that "if the Greeks have so far undergone five years of cuts, now the approach are reforms". The representative of Economists Against the Crisis, Jorge Fabra, criticized that between 2010 and 2014 "the needs of the Greek state amounted to 15,000 million euros. The rest of the ransom has not gone to the population, but the recapitalization of banks. "
Outstanding payments of Aena
Greece faces this month milestone payments from refinancing of letters and return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). While April and May will be relatively quiet on this front, in June pressure will resume in July and August Athens must return to the European Central Bank 6,500 million euros for bonds held by the entity.
According to estimates from the center of Brussels studies Bruegel, Greece owes the IMF this month 1,200 million euros in three sections and has to refinance 2.900 billion letters that expire."