Thursday, November 29, 2007

ocean's 14 and the beast from the earth = AoC's 14

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Rich - Did George Clooney read our blogs? or is it just their way to make it known?

On Nov. 22 A blog reported George Cloony and Angela Jolie and other Celibrities will attend the AoC meeting in January 2008 in Madrid. There is also talk about Jeremy Rifkin and U2 Singer Bono Fox to become one of the 14 "wise" / diplomats for the AoC.

read about it here. /translated here.

Now we have another news about it:

"George Clooney is not in Madrid with Zapatero.

On November 28, 2007, 1:15 o'clock Redacción MinutoDigital Finally proclaimed George Clooney to not attend the event sponsored by the PSOE in Madrid. This was announced at its own web page referring to note that our digital published on the day 22.

On 26 confirming the assistance of the American star: George Clooney possibly confirmed for Madrid event A Spanish report at Minutodigital claims George Clooney has confirmed his attendance at the first Alliance of Civilizations annual forum, to be held in Madrid, Feb. 15-16 2008. No official announcement has yet been made (see also Nov. 10 & Oct. 25 news).

But the day 27, Stan Rosenfielf 'hung' another announcement on his website: November 27 2007 George Clooney not attending ClooneyStudio.com Madrid event has been informed by publicist Stan Rosenfield that the report posted on a Spanish website, claiming George Clooney had confirmed he would attend the first annual forum Alliance of Civilizations, is "not correct" and "Mr.. Clooney will not be attending the event. " from:
google translated:
LINK , read in Spanish: LINK

anyway George Cloony is also helping out at Al Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection": read about it here. The Alliance is engaged in an unprecedented effort to convince people about "the urgency and the solvability of the climate crisis".

in between UN-Boss Moon not just met with Solana yesterday about Kosovo (see my last article), he had also to say the following: "discussions are under way to establish closer ties between the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the OSCE to promote better understanding between different ethnic and religious groups, while growing ties with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have led to progress on crucial issues, including terrorism, drugs and human trafficking.
“Similarly, our economic and environmental cooperation has gone from strength to strength,” Mr. Ban said, noting that the partnership between the OSCE and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), in particular, has become a model for linking conflict prevention to the underlying socio-economic drivers of unrest.
Stressing that cooperation between the two bodies is “grounded in the bedrock of shared values and a common vision,” the Secretary-General highlighted the need to “identify better and more efficient ways to work together, to address existing as well as emerging needs, and to build better lives for people everywhere.”

from: UN news center Nov 29.

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"11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast" revelation 13.

stay tuned!

farmer

to set a fox to keep the geese, to trust the cat to keep the cream

HAHAHAHAHA! Lot's of laughter!:
"EU's Solana says Musharraf has taken "step in right direction"
Nov 29, 2007, 16:27 GMT
"Javier Solana, the European Union\'s foreign policy chief, on Thursday described Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf\'s honouring of his commitment to step down as chief of Army staff as \'a step in the right direction.\' But the EU\'s chief diplomat also renewed his request for Musharraf to lift the state of emergency and hold parliamentary elections in January. \'Today, President Pervez Musharraf has been sworn in for a new term as President of Pakistan after he honoured his commitment and stepped down as Chief of Staff of the Army yesterday. This is a step in the right direction that will help Pakistan to return to the path of democracy,\' Solana said, "whose official title is EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. "
© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur'; LINK
(farmer:) oh and they forgot that Solana himself is also current boss of EU military
(or EDSA/EDA Chief and WEU Secretary-General), and propably will stay so after his next election in 7 days: see here on page 4:(Link to pdf-file)
in this context Solana seems to get even more power now:
"Kosovo: UN and EU look at next move after talks collapse

"2007, New York, 29 Nov. (AKI) – United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana are looking for a new way to break the deadlock over the future of Kosovo after the collapse of talks on Wednesday.While details of the talks were not made public, negotiations centred
on the replacement of the UN administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) by European officials.

But negotiations on the status of the province, which has been under UN control since 1999, have stalled. The 16,000-strong NATO-led international forces stationed in Kosovo (KFOR) have been reinforced by 550 German soldiers now stationed in the northern part of the province, populated mostly by minority Serbs. The UN negotiating troika, consisting of US diplomat Frank Wiesner, European Union’s Wolfgang Ischinger and Russia’s Aleksandar Bocan Harcenko, is due to submit a report to Ban by 10 December.But Kosovo's future is uncertain and Ban was quoted as saying the situation was “difficult”.Meanwhile, the Kosovo issue has disappeared from the front pages of Serbian newspapers - only daily Glas javnosti said in a front page banner that big powers, which support Kosovo 's independence, were “playing big games” over the future of the province.There has been speculation in Belgrade that ethnic Albanians would declare independence with the support of the United States and most EU countries, and that Serbian officials were contemplating how to respond to it.... ”. LINK

"Albanian President Bamir Topi met on Wednesday, November 21st, with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to discuss the Kosovo status issue, the current political climate in Albania, and reforms necessary to join the EU.
Solana said he hopes Albania joins as soon as possible, stressing that integration is in the hands of the politicians who know they must start implementing necessary reforms
. LINK

"During the recent talks, Serbia had offered the province autonomy but the Kosovo-Albanians, encouraged by the United States, were unwilling to compromise and have insisted on nothing short of independence. Serbia is insisting that any unilateral declaration would violate international law and is drawing up plans which may include embargos and blockades. Serbia and Russia claim an independent Kosovo could trigger a domino effect in the region.
German papers are united in accepting that Kosovo will eventually declare independence and warn that this could have serious consequences for the region and for the European Union's foreign policy.
The left-leaning Berliner Zeitung writes:
"Kosovo ... will declare independence unilaterally, probably in the spring. The politicians in the West will be able to say that they had wanted a different development and did everything conceivable to achieve that -- but things are the way they are. And it will then be time to quickly recognize this reality: the state of Kosovo...."
The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes:
"In a few days the clock will start to tick -- and then a series of events will be set in motion which has something fatalistic about it: The Kosovars will declare independence, America and the majority of EU states will recognize them, Serbia and Russia will furiously denounce the violation of international law (with Moscow playing a double game) and there will be unrest in Bosnia. The only thing that is clear is that the international community will be present in Kosovo for a long time -- and it will also have to have a military presence."
The conservative daily Die Welt writes:
"The Balkans is going to become a test case for Europe's foreign policy once again. This failed miserably in the 1990s when Yugoslavia tore itself apart in a series of wars. Now the Europeans have to prove that they have learnt from previous mistakes and can act as the peacekeeping power in the Balkans and prevent new conflicts." -- Siobhán Dowling" LINK
...remember 1999?:

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"Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana on Tuesday ordered air strikes against Yugoslavia, following the failure of diplomatic efforts to secure a peace settlement on Kosovo.
The following is the text of his statement announcing that military action would ensue:
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I have just directed the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Clark, to initiate the air operations in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).
I have taken this decision after extensive consultations in recent days with all the Allies, and after it became clear that the final diplomatic efforts of Ambassador Holbrooke in Belgrade has not met with success.
All efforts to achieve a negotiated political solution to the Kosovo crisis have failed, and no alternative is open but to take military action. " LINK
Constance Cumbey reported:
"On November 30, 1995, Solana was appointed as NATO Secretary General. His election was a surprise to many, including 52 United States congressmen who telegraphically protested his appointment because of his alleged Marxist and pro-Castro sympathies. He had once been on the USA's own subversive list. He had been best known, according to the Spanish press, as one of Spain's most vocal and prominent opponents of NATO. He had even once written a pamphlet, "50 Reasons to say NO to NATO."
The Secretary General of NATO usually has a ministerial role, passing on instructions from the member nations' consensus to its military components, but during his 1995 to 1999 NATO tenure, Solana was given powers to make military decisions over Yugoslavia. For example, on January 30, 1999, he was given the authority to make all further military decisions over NATO's Balkan operations, including whether or not bombings should occur. Madeleine Albright, USA Secretary of State then said by way of explanation, "Solana has the power and has had it since January 30th [ 1999]. We are speaking with one voice through Javier Solana". On March 21, 1999, USA President Bill Clinton told a national American television audience about the forthcoming bombings: "I agree with Javier Solana's decision to do this." The order to commence bombing against Yugoslavian targets was subsequently given by Solana."
stay tuned!
farmer

Monday, November 26, 2007

AoC: don't look now - getting the media prepared...


ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS ANNUAL FORUM
15-16 JANUARY, MADRID, SPAIN

Plenary Session I: The Alliance of Civilizations: Managing Diversity in the Era of Globalization
Plenary Session II: Political Challenges to Building Cross-Cultural Understanding
“Reinforcing our commitment to the Alliance”
Working Session 1: Consolidating international partnerships
Working Session 2 - Building the AoC Clearinghouse: media literacy education
Working session 3: The Role of Religious Leaders and Communities in Promoting Shared Security
Working Session 4: Innovative Uses of Mass Media to Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding
Working Session 5: Intercultural and Interreligious Youth Exchanges
Working Session 6 - Expanding university student exchange programs
Working Session 7 - Conflict Prevention, Religion, and Politics at the Community Level
Working Session 8 - Rapid Response Media Mechanism
Working Session 9: Engaging the Corporate Sector in the AoC - How Business and Increased Cross Cultural Understanding Can Benefit Each Other .
Working Session 10: Training the Next Generation of Peace Builders
Plenary III (Closing): From Global Talk to Local Action
see the whole document here:
AGENDA for First Alliance of Civilizations Annual Forum in Madrid (2008-01-15).

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and - don't look now-, not mentioned on the AoC homepage and in the shadows of Annapolis:


IPS Support Group meeting
THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATION IN

THE ALLIANCE AMONG CIVILISATIONS
Venice, ITALY, November 29, 2007
Venue: Isola di San Servolo – 30100 Venice - Italy
November 29

9.00 - Registration
9.30 – Welcome and opening remarks:
Davide Zoggia, President of the Province of Venice
Mario Soares, IPS President
Laura Di Lucia Coletti, Councillor in charge of the Project "Ethical Province",
Province of Venice
Peter Schatzer, Director, Regional Office for the Mediterranean and Chief of
Mission in Italy and Malta of International Organization for Migration
Patrizia Sentinelli, Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
10.15 A political and religious approach to the Alliance of Civilizations
Interventions by:
Leonid Kishkovsky, Moderator of the World Conference of Religions for Peace
(WCRP) International
Martti Ahtisaari, Chairman of the Crisis Management Initiative
Joon Oh, Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic
of Korea
Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President of the Toledo International Centre for Peace
Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, Vice President of Co.Re.Is. (Comunità Religiosa
Islamica)
Moderator: Fifi Benaboud, Chair of the IPS Executive Committee
11.30 - Coffee break
2
11.45 - Debate
13.00 – Lunch
14.30 – Are the suggestions of the High-Level Group of the Alliance of Civilisations feasible?
Interventions by:
Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the “Culture of Peace” Foundation and
former Director-General of UNESCO
Katerina Stenou, Director of the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural
Dialogue and Secretary of the Task Force on Dialogue among cultures,
UNESCO
Jorge Sampaio, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of
Civilizations
Abdelwahab Derbal, Head of mission in Brussels, League of Arab States
Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe,
Chairman International Coordination Committee of the World Public Forum
"Dialogue of Civilizations"
Moderator: Roberto Savio, Founder of IPS and Chairman of the IPS International Board of
Trustees
15.45 - Debate
16.30 - Coffee break
16.45 – The role of communications in the dialogue among civilizations
Interventions by:
Sue Phillips, Bureau Chief, Aljazeera English
Piero di Pasquale, Deputy Director, RAI International
Safiye Cagar, Director of the Information, Executive Board and Resource
Mobilization Division of UNFPA
Amos Luzzatto, President of the Union of Italian-Jewish Communities
Baher Kamal, Advisor to Director General on the Middle East, IPS
Moderator: Mario Lubetkin, IPS Director General
18.00 - Debate
18.45 - Conclusions
read more about the aims of the IPS meeting here: http://ipsnews.net/annual/index.asp

...and just in time after "Blair kept quiet about his faith for fear of 'nutter' jibes" (read here) comes this statement:
"Religion Is The Private Sphere, Not The Public" says one of it's keynotespeakers Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli Foreign Minister,now Vice President from FRIDE and Club of Madrid associated (see my last post) Toledo International Centre for Peace Shlomo Ben-Ami
VENICE, Nov 26 (IPS) -
To curb fundamentalism and fight terrorism, "Religion must be kept out of politics," warns Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli foreign minister.
Ben-Ami, an Oxford-trained historian, has been a key contributor in many Arab-Israeli peace conferences -- most notably the Camp David Summit in 2000. He had a distinguished career at the University of Tel Aviv before he was appointed Israel’s ambassador to Spain in 1987.
He later became a member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, and was minister of public security before becoming foreign minister. Ben-Ami currently serves as vice president of the Toledo International Centre for Peace, a centre for Muslim culture and peaceful Christian-Muslim- Jewish relations in Spain. "Fundamentalism is not a monopoly of Islam," Ben-Ami said in an interview with IPS correspondent Sabina Zaccaro. "You find fundamentalism in Judaism, you find it in Christianity and in Islam also," he said.

Some excepts from the interview:
IPS: What should religious leaders do keep their communities away from dangerous fundamentalism and to promote dialogue?
Shlomo Ben-Ami: To begin, I think they should recognise and acknowledge the challenges within their own religion, not only that of the others. One has to make an effort to educate one's own society, and not just preach to the other. Religious leaders have a standing in their societies, they have reputation, and they have prestige, therefore they have much influence in generating more positive attitude towards others. This seems to me to be very important. It is not that the Jewish need to preach to Muslims, but Muslims need to preach to themselves. And Jewish Rabies should recognise that within Judaism there are fundamentalist tendencies that have also to be curtailed. They do not express themselves necessarily in violence but they might preach violence. The assassination of [Israeli] prime minister [Yitzhak] Rabin, for example, was undoubtedly the result of the preaching of some extremist fringe. I think religious leaders -- Jewish, Christians, Muslims -- need to meet, need to exchange views, to open themselves to each other.
...
IPS: What are the main challenges of mixing religion and politics?
SBA: My experience in government was that when politicians try to solve what are essentially religious issues they tend to be sometimes more extremist than religious leaders. When I negotiated issues in Jerusalem I discovered that religious leaders were much more moderate than politicians. I think they should be more involved in addressing religious issues that have a political impact. Another question that is vital I believe, is to try and keep religion out of politics. Religion is the private sphere, not the public . . . We need to understand that politics is the sphere of the possible, the province of compromise. But when you introduce religion, which is not the province of compromise since it upholds eternal truths, when you politicise religion or introduce religion into politics, you eliminate the element of compromise. And this is very dangerous. It becomes political theology.
IPS: While signs of the clash of civilisations are so evident, it is difficult to perceive signs of alliance. Is this really feasible? What is specifically being done to achieve it?
SBA: We should start by saying to ourselves that the alternatives didn't work. The clash didn't work. We saw it in Iraq, we are seeing it in the Palestinian territories, we are seeing the emergence of Islamic terrorism which comes out of deep frustration of societies . . . There has been an inter-faith dialogue that seems to me not to exist anymore, at least not in the same way that it existed years back, and we need to go back to it. We need to harness, to mobilise the religious leaders to convey these messages. Religion is sometimes getting very bad press undeservedly. The problem is in totalitarianism, either religious or secular. We need to avoid injecting religion into politics. Suicide terrorism is not a monopoly of religion. Where do we have today most suicide attacks? Not in the Muslim world; we have it in Sri Lanka, and it is totally secular, it has nothing to do with religion. We need to put things in perspective, not work under absolute categories and clichés.
IPS: What is the place of dialogue in the political agenda?
SBA: It is a major place. By solving the main political conflicts around us we will be making a huge contribution. I have no doubt at all that the war in Iraq only enhanced terrorism. And the same with Iran today. Imagine a massive American attack or American-Israeli attack on Iran. It would unleash waves of terrorism throughout the region -- though, I don't believe this is what either Israelis or Americans will do. The real alternative is to go for negotiations and dialogue. No conflict has been solved just by war, and none of the problems of the Middle East, the Arab world and the Islamic world are susceptible to a military solution. .."
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40215

Thursday, November 22, 2007

end-game

"The Israelis and the Palestinians
have to demonstrate their commitment to the two-state solution
by taking without delay the measures needed to
prepare the ground
for the end-game."

Javier Solana,
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy,
ahead of Annapolis conference.
http://www.ejpress.org/article/21966
On 2007, 3 December, the first ECFR-FRIDE public event in Madrid will begin with a keynote speech by Javier Solana, the EU's High Representative for CFSP.
This will be followed by a panel discussion on Europe’s role in the world featuring Emma Bonino, Italian Minister for International Trade and Europe, (she sits also in the advisory board of CIT toledo int. centre for peace with French FMKouchner and AoC man Federico Mayor) Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Minister, Diego Hidalgo, President of FRIDE, Mark Leonard, ECFR's Executive Director, as well as Alberto Navarro, Spanish State Secretary for Europe and Mabel van Oranje, International Advocacy Director at the Open Society Institute.
This event is on invitation only.
Emma Bonino sits also in the advisory board of the FRIDE affiliated CIT Toledo Institute for Peace, together with French FM Bernard Kouchner and AoC Man- Federico Mayor, see here:
FRIDE is the Spanish connection between EU, AoC and Club of Madrid/Club of Rome.
Read an interesting comment (especially the part on the EU Foreign Policy) to the ECFR's launching, with a promt headhunting comment by Mark Leonard ECFR Director here: ECFR: a tale of premature senescence?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Pakistan Film-Script: I call it "Pollywood"

After Hollywood and Bollywood:
The following report (thanks to Mel!) speaks about Pakistan nukes to be already under US control:

"WASHINGTON: Pakistan's nuclear weapons are already under American control even as analysts are working themselves into a lather on the subject, a well-regarded intelligence journal has said. In a stunning disclosure certain to stir up things in Washington's (and in Islamabad and New Delhi's) strategic community, the journal Stratfor reported on Monday that the "United States delivered a very clear ultimatum to Musharraf in the wake of 9/11: Unless Pakistan allowed US forces to take control of Pakistani nuclear facilities, the United States would be left with no choice but to destroy those facilities, possibly with India's help."

I am not so sure if the US has access to all the nukes, as they would be hard to find. The same article mentions:

"The country's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has also invoked the loose nukes scenario to urge US to abandon the military regime, which she says has given rise to growing extremism and fissiparous tendencies that increase the danger of the nuclear arsenal going awry.
Officially though, Islamabad is touchy about any commentary on its nuclear arsenal, and goes into transports of hysteria to assert that it is a responsible country with good command and control over its crown jewels. In the latest outburst, the country's out-going foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri asserted that Pakistan is fully capable of securing its nuclear assets and some Western lobbies are busy in creating confusion taking the advantage of ongoing conditions in Pakistan. The multi-layer security structure of the nuclear assets has a strong command and control system in place and there is no need for anyone at home or abroad to worry about the security of these assets, he insisted. But judging by the volume of worried commentary and analysis the subject is now getting, there aren't many takers for such assurances and the last word on the matter hasn't been said or written. "
Read the Times of India Article here

I would recommend to put an eye on this Phi-Beta Kappa member lady Benazir Bhutto.

In my eyes they play out a Pollywood-drama here.
"How can I come to power as a heroness of the people?".
The start was an outplay of an impressing film-script. Attacks on the convoy with her returning from the exile live on CNN and BBC. State of emergeny, constitution suspended by the Prime Minister, then house arrest for Bhutto, planned elections in Pakistan on January.

"New Zealand Government 14 November 2007 Media Statement
Prime Minister Helen Clark has today expressed grave concern at President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to place Pakistan’s Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest again. Helen Clark said that a heavy police presence surrounding Benazir Bhutto’s home had prevented her from leading a planned protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the imposition of emergency rule.

“These restrictions on Benzir Bhutto are unacceptable. The New Zealand Government remains deeply concerned by President Musharraf’s actions since he imposed emergency rule on 3 November in Pakistan,” Helen Clark said. President Musharraf, who is also head of Pakistan’s military, has suspended the constitution, citing what he said were threats posed by Islamic extremism and judicial interference. A number of political opposition figures and senior lawyers have been taken into custody or placed under house arrest.
and also:
The New Zealand Government was also gravely concerned at the detention of Asma Jahangir, the head of the Pakistan Commission for Human Rights and also UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief. She participated in the Alliance of Civilisations Symposium I hosted in Auckland in May, and I have concerns for her safety,” Helen Clark said. "
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00267.htm

A UN rapporteur for freedom of religion and belief at the UN-AoC symposium?
Here is a link to a speaking recently (August 2007) at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), here Bhutto discussed her objectives for returning to Pakistan,
including giving democracy “a chance to grow” in the country:
http://www.cfr.org/publication/14041/conversation_with_benazir_bhutto.html

"QUESTIONER: You attributed the rise of the fundamentalism and radical extremism to the dictatorship and lack of democracy. The question: What would you do, and your party, to deal with the network of madrassas -- schools -- that are infiltrated with Wahhabi ideology? And we're not only talking about today. You're training an entire generation of children who do not believe in democracy. What will you do with it?
BHUTTO: Well, I agree with you that this is another very big challenge, because nowadays we have three kinds of madrassas in Pakistan. One is the traditional madrassa which teaches people their religious duties and obligations. The second is a madrassa which basically brainwashes our children into intolerance. So the battle that we -- and the third madrassa is the one which is acting as the headquarters of the militant groups, as we saw in the issue of the Red Mosque.
I thank you for drawing my attention to the middle madrassa, which is the value system, because this is a battle for values, that are we going to move in the direction of a pluralistic society or not. And I feel that nobody in my country should have the right to teach people hate, to teach them violence and to brainwash them from the very beginning in extremist thought to prepare them, which is why we would like to reform those madrassas. And if anybody does not each the approved curriculum -- or we don't even care about approved curriculums; what we care about is that you cannot teach people hate and you cannot teach them violence. You cannot say you have to kill people of a different faith or you have to kill people of a different ethnicity. So as long as madrassas abide by those rules, they will be allowed to function, and if they don't, they will be shut down."

http://www.cfr.org/publication/14041/

After reading this, I ask you:
Can you smell it? It sounds all so very innocent and democratic. But it's all about the war on extremism. I say: we watch here the creation of a lady-beast from the East. The US is not by chance interested to get the control over the Pakistan nuke arsenal. She better does.
Because we are here in "Pollywood". Let's watch how it plays out...
stay tuned!
farmer

Monday, November 19, 2007

EMERGING FROM THE CHRYSALIS - WEU Recommendation 803: "The European Defence Agency two years on"

breaking news update: November 20:
"The Council held its six-monthly review of the European security and defence policy (ESDP)....welcomed the fact that member states have committed the required EU Battlegroup packages up to and including the first semester of 2010;
In that context,endorsed the declaration of the ministerial Civilian Capabilities Improvement Conference 2007 held in the margins of the Council and welcomed the adoption of the "Civilian Headline Goal 2010".
"Regarding the Middle East, the Council reiterated its strong support for the upcoming international meeting at Annapolis and the efforts of Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert. It looked forward to the achievement of concrete results leading to meaningful final status negotiations. It welcomed the EU Action Strategy submitted by the EU High Representative in full association with the Commission, which will be the basis for further work by the EU taking into account the results of the Annapolis meeting..."
Link to Pdf

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Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Daniel 7 KJV


... page 4 of the upcoming session of the WEU-assembly states for
2007, dec 4th,

10 o’clock, under point 3 - almost just too little to be seen:

"Election of the Clerk/Secretary-General"



This is about Solana's next 2 years as WEU Boss.
In 2004 "Javier Solana’s mandate as Secretary-General of WEU had been extended by the member states until November 2007 (with the possibility of a further two-year extension thereafter). see here.
But the WEU has more plans. It seems they cannot wait until the expiration of that time,as in 2009 they await the EU Reform Treaty in place. This would give them finally the legal power they need. Please read the following statements from their very own papers:

"Paris 22 oct 2007:Members of the Assembly met with the Permanent Representatives of the WEU Permanent Council/EU Political and Security Committee on 18 October in Brussels (European Room, Belgian Chamber of Representatives).
The Ambassadors representing the member states on the EU’s Political and Security Committee also form the Permanent Council of WEU, which holds regular meetings with the Assembly Committees.


The parliamentarians also had the opportunity to discuss ESDP questions with General Henri BENTEGEAT, Chairman of the EU Military Committee,


(Bentegeat said on this occasion:
„If Europe wishes to count tomorrow in that new world, in alliances chosen and consolidated by itself, then it must emerge from its chrysalis. It has proven itself capable of action in the field of security and defence and must now assert its role on the political stage”, he concluded.” (The French (Sarkozy) plan to do so during the time of their EU Presidency, read about it here.)

and Mr Hilmar LINNENKAMP, Deputy Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA),(farmer: the EDA, part of the ESDP, was created in an Council Joint Action in 2004, July 12, Monday of Solana's birthdayweek, and places the Agency under the authority of the Council) and to hear an analysis by Mr Antonio MISSIROLI, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre,where he underlined that the provisions of the Reform Treaty, if it were to be quickly ratified, would pave the way for progress on the CFSP/ESDP. The Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who would also be Commission Vice-President in charge of External Relations, would bring together the different strands of the Union’s external action, which in the future would be the responsibility of a new European External Action Service.
Mr.Linnenkamp commended the Assembly on the quality of its report on the European Defence Agency (“The European Defence Agency two years on”, Assembly Document 1965, submitted by Mr Yves POZZO DI BORGO (France, non affiliated) on behalf of the Technological and Aerospace Committee and adopted on 6 June 2007), which in his view was the best reference work on the EDA to have been published so far. In answer to the “Pas si vite!” of certain member states the Agency could only reiterate that it was time for them to follow words with deeds and above all with financial commitments.


The Agency was, in fact, a “cultural experiment” in developing a more European and less national mindset."

Senator Philippe MONFILS (Belgium, Liberal Group) welcomed his colleagues and expressed the hope for “rapid and pragmatic results” in the field of ESDP. The President of the Assembly, Jean-Pierre MASSERET, noted in his opening remarks that democracy was the “capacity to state things the way they are”. It was important, he said, to be frank about the problems in order to be better able to surmount them and enable the ESDP to move forward more quickly.
Ambassador DURRANT PAIS took stock of Europe’s progress in the area of military and civil capabilities, in particular as regards the setting-up of an EU civilian command and control structure and the operational readiness of the battlegroups for EU rapid reaction operations. He welcomed the substantial progress made by the European Defence Agency. Finally, he recalled that the EU-Africa dialogue was a major priority of the Portuguese Presidency. Among the issues raised in the questions put by the members of the Assembly to the Ambassadors were the battlegroups, which several parliamentarians thought were in danger of losing their credibility if they were not put to use over the next year,(farmer: Sic!!) and the usefulness of having an EU permanent operational headquarters.http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/presse/cp/2007/33-2007.php

The praised document "The European Defence Agency two years on”, was adopted on 06.06.07, one year after Solana went to Iran in the name of USA, EU, UN, CHINA and Russia, is really worth reading:
http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/rpt/2007/1965.php

Recommendation 803 - 2 years on from now


http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/rpt/2007/1965.php
snippets:
"ix) Considering that in order to strengthen and develop the EDA's role, its current status needs to be enhanced so as to incorporate the Agency into the institutional framework of the Union in accordance with the provisions of the draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (Article III-311);

(x) Considering that the EDA should acquire a role in the area of European defence capabilities, equipment and technologies, and that of the defence industry and market, similar to one played by the Commission in the civilian and security sectors;

(xiii) ....synergy between the civilian, security and defence sectors should be promoted, particularly in the area of security and defence research, technology and development;

xviii) Taking the view therefore that it is desirable for the EDA participating states and the European non-EU NATO member states to reach an agreement on mutual cooperation between the EDA and the corresponding NATO bodies, in particular the NATO Command, Control and Consultation Agency (NC3A) and the Allied Command Transformation (ACT);

(xix) Considering, that being the case, that the EDA should be given a remit for external relations and international cooperation programmes, including those outside the transatlantic framework;"

"RECOMMENDS THAT THE COUNCIL CALL ON THE WEU MEMBER STATES, AS STATES PARTICIPATING IN THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY, TO
Reach a compromise on a pluriannual budget and programme of work for the European Defence Agency; Gradually increase the EDA's human and material resources and, following the process of European institutional reform due to be completed in 2009, envisage incorporating the Agency into the EU institutional framework in accordance with the provisions of the draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe;
Envisage giving the EDA powers of supervision over the application of and compliance with the provisions of the voluntary intergovernmental Code of Conduct on Defence Procurements based on the principle of "Community subsidiarity";


worth a read is also the "EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM"
submitted by Yves Pozzo di Borgo, also to be found here.


It describes the players in the EU defence system and how they developed and are related to each other.

"6. The great strategic shock of the 21st century following the al-Qa'ida attacks on the United States, in New York and Washington, was to make the transformation of Europe even more pressing. Headline Goal 2003 became Headline Goal 2010, the quest for capabilities accelerated. The Union acquired a European Security Strategy (ESS), endeavoured to get a constitution adopted, and finally established the European Defence Agency, the missing link in the process of acquiring a European capability. Except in the matter of collective defence, the Union is now a defence alliance for the protection of its "regional" interests and also an "offensive" organisation for the defence of its interests in the world.
7. The European Defence Agency is part of this, the Union's long march to power. Established in 2004, it is now, in 2007, a central player in the ESDP..."


"8. 2003 was also marked by another event in the institutional life of the European Union. On 12 December 2003, the European Council meeting in Brussels adopted the European Security Strategy (ESS), aptly entitled "A secure Europe in a better world". -(farmer: Solanas paper)"



Especially interesting is the part about EDA and the Commission.(points 24.,25.,29.-35.)


EDA is under direct control of the Council (SG Solana) and it needs more money (better more than their own annualy budget) and the Commission is where the money sits (about ten times more, available for every year of the 7thEUbudgetaryframework 2007-2013) And with Solana sitting also there and with the treaty in place, the military guys have qualified hopes to get more chocolate for their cake.


"35.By cooperating in neighbouring or common fields, the Agency and the Commission would reduce unnecessary duplication. That in turn could reduce the time required for research and development, ensure better use of public and private investments, more harmonisation and closer collaboration between the security and defence sectors for the purposes of internal, "Homeland Security" and also for external protection missions. The Commission also has a Joint Research Centre comprising seven civil research institutes in Europe. Their activities include many examples of dual civil-defence security activities,..."


"36. However, for legal reasons peculiar to the European Union, the EDA is not yet able to draw on the Commission's financial resources. ...
37. So, despite the approval of an intergovernmental Code of Conduct on defence procurement, under which the EDA is supposed to be responsible for information in this connection, the Commission is continuing to play an active part in this field, following up on its 2004 Green Paper. On 7 December 2006, it published its Interpretative Communication on the application of Article 296 of the Treaty in the field of public defence contracts12. This document is the prelude to a directive to be presented to the Council in the second half of 2007, a directive that will be transposed into national law and will then become binding on the states."


Interesting are also the parts on Long-Term Vision(LTV) for European defence capability (113.-118.)


"115...ESDP operations will be expeditionary, multinational and multi-instrument, directed at achieving security and stability more than `victory'. Information will be critical, whether informing the `war of ideas' in cyberspace, or facilitating effective command decisions. `Asymmetry' will apply not merely to an opponent's tactics but also to his aims and values. In such circumstances, the military will be only one of a range of instruments applied to achieve the campaign goals."


The "LTV" is but the first step in what is virtually a complete overhaul of European defence under European Union auspices. It constitutes a roadmap that the EU member states.


And this is followed by:


"(b) The Capability Development Process
119.The emphasis here is on network enabled capability, one of the flagship projects being the European software defined radio project (SDR), approved by the Steering Board in November 2005. In this context, five European States - Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden - have joined forces to launch a feasibility study on a European Secured Software Defined Radio Referential (ESSOR).
120.The objective is to achieve interoperability between European software defined radio systems (and also between European systems and the American equivalents) and to promote European technological and industrial solutions in this field. The project also has an important transatlantic dimension, since one of its objectives is to reach agreement on interoperable standards for Europe and the United States, including standards for development and production. The study should be completed early in the next decade, with a view to launching the development phase between 2010 and 2015. The ESSOR study has a budget of €100 million (managed by the participating states).
Software defined radio is part of the Agency's work in the field of network enabled capabilities32. Thus the Steering Board has set the Agency the following tasks:
establishing a roadmap beyond 2010 on "EU NEC [Network Enabled Capabilities] Concept" together with other EU actors and support Information Exchange Requirements (IER) work;
continue efforts on SATCOM for a better coordination of short term cooperation and initiate work on a common staff target for long-term needs;
intelligence: work further on the Balance of the variety of Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) systems and their interoperability;
implement the Tactical Imagery Exploitation Station (TIES) project and develop the Universal Intelligence Analysis Tool (UIAT) project;
continue work on the potential restructuring of the DTIB.
In the area of network centric operations, the Agency will also have to collaborate with the NATO Allied Command Transformation,..."


http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/rpt/2007/1965.php#P115_9195


The whole explanatory report is closed by Solanas words: (135.-136.):


"Any check or loss of momentum would have a lasting and detrimental effect on the ESDP and the development of EU defence capabilities. The only answer is growth and growth comes at a price, as underlined by the Head of the Agency and EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (which includes the ESDP), Javier Solana, at the Agency's first R&T Conference in Brussels, in February 2006:
"First, spend more. I know this is difficult in a world of tight national finances. But it is an imperative nonetheless. Where defence budgets as such cannot be increased, we must work on redeploying funds within those budgets. Manpower costs currently account for more than 50% of European defence spending. But do we really need more than two million men and women in uniform in Europe? Much of our defence infrastructure is duplicative - between countries and between governments and industry. So let us find savings from rationalisation, to increase the proportion of money spent on investment.
Second, we must spend better, so that we get more output per euro spent. Above all, this requires a focus on key technologies of the future. Concretely, this means finding more flexible ways of doing business, particularly at the intergovernmental level. It also means looking at how we can embed new technologies quickly in existing platforms. And it involves matching the ever-shortening cycle times of the civilian world. We should also look at ways how we can harness the ingenuity of companies and universities that are not traditionally seen as part of the defence industry. The same goes for small and medium-sized firms which are often the source of innovation.
Third, and perhaps most important, we must spend more together. This is a fundamental issue and the main raison d'être of the Agency".
The message is clear and investing in the Agency is part of the effort that is required. It is the price that must be paid for autonomy, security of supply, and access to the best capabilities and technologies. The sector is still very scattered and fragmented but the instrument for rationalisation is already in their hands if only the member states realise its potential and decide to use it. This agent for change is the European Defence Agency: a strategic tool at the service of the European Security and Defence Policy for "a secure Europe in a better world".
http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/rpt/2007/1965.php#P115_9195


Monday, November 12, 2007

Beast Marketing

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kouchner and steinmeier rock
(photo: © Thomas Koehler/photothek.net)

"Man tries to attack Merkel during Sarkozy visit"

was todays news in Germany. - Of course an eye catcher.

"A demonstrator tried to attack the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, today while she was giving the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, a tour of Berlin.The incident happened as the two leaders visited a school where they made statements about the challenges of immigration and integration. The man was quickly restrained. " writes the Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/germany/article/0,,2209817,00.html

but according to the following newspaper "Police said they did not term the incident an attack, but merely a "minor incident." The man appeared to be upset at legislation voted through last week that obliges telecoms companies to store data on calls and internet usage in case it is needed by the police."
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/140548.html

The man was 20 years old.

so why this sensation about this strange "violent extremist"?
In the same news they told Germanys listener and TV watchers about the new song from German FM Steinmeier and French FM Kouchner together with some Turkish Youngsters.
The song is about integration and respecting other cultures, and mixes the rhythm 'n' blues style with a Turkish sound. The chorus begins, "Germany, why are you so aloof? Germany, be more upfront." FM speaker Jager said the recording would be available on YouTube and could be downloaded - free of charge - from the Foreign Ministry's website. They also produced a video. Listen and See here:
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/de/Startseite.html

The press asked the young Turkish musicians: "Why do you think Steinmeier and Kouchner are doing this?
Answer: "I have no idea, but Mr.Steinmeier gives us German-Turkish migrantkids a chance to do something against the image of the 'problemturk'".

So the "attack" was a good trick to sell the song. And the youth doesn't know about the background.
it's not "Bench Marketing" - it's "Beast Marketing" for the AoC.

another part of the song translates:

"a labyrinth from right and wrong,
too many nations, what did we realize
just traditions, which bite each other,
situations, which do not proof"

these are feelings of helplesness which many young surely feel.
These feelings are cleverly used by the beast to build another brick on the road to Babel,
a way for the MTV and Youtube-Generation,
one day after St.Nimrots/aehem Martins day.

stay tuned!
farmer


Fire crews fight major blaze in east London

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/11/12/nfire212.xml

Friday, November 09, 2007

EU FOREIGN MINISTERS: With ROCK OUT letting AOC IN.

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Angela Merkel, José Manuel Barroso and Hans-Gert Pöttering during a meeting with religious leaders, Steinmeier(D) at ECFR, Kouchner(F).
The words FM Radio seem to get a new meaning:
Under the title "FOREIGN MINISTERS ROCK OUT" Spiegel tells (read here) that
German FM Steinmeier and French FM Kouchner are to record an R&B Song. The ditty, which will be recorded on the sidelines of a Franco-German summit attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will later be premiered on the Internet portal YouTube and on the German Foreign Ministry Web site.

The Spiegel suggests behind it an image campaign for the new EU treaty, ("Throw in some banging tunes and some fat beats and they'll be crossing the "yes" box at the next referendum before you can say "European constitution."), but maybe there is another bow to it: The two politicians will record the song in a recording studio in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood together with young Turkish-German musicians, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jäger announced Friday in Berlin. Just by chance?

I go to the German edition of the website of the German Foreign Ministry and find A picture of Steinmeier holding a speech (or better sweet song for Solana?) today at the opening of the new created European Council of Foreign relations (titled "Quo Vadis European Foreign Policy?" in which he is praising the new Solana powers).

I jump to the English version of the German Foreign ministry-site: here I find the next event:
"Religion as a global power – the influence of the religions on international politics
At the 18th Forum Global Issues on 8 and 9 November 2007 at the Federal Foreign Office, politicians, scientists and civil society representatives examined the complex relationship between religion and politics at international level.
Here they discuss about questions like:
Religion and globalization – the renaissance of religion or the politicization of the religions?
Religions in conflicts – opportunities and challenges for peace policy
Value-driven foreign policy and the contribution of the religions
Religion in the global society – the role of the religions in international norm-setting
Besides offering a detailed programm with interesting participants (see here),
they placed also a good visible link to the High Level Report of the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC),and a link to a German-Turkish Group called
"Quantara - Dialogue with the Islamic World"

It's getting late. I am longing for a new song.

"11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived."
Revelation 13
"1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless."
Revelation 14

stay tuned!
farmer

Thursday, November 08, 2007

EU's Solana urges nuclear enrichment centre for all

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"The European Union official leading international diplomacy on the nuclear standoff with Iran has proposed creating an international nuclear fuel enrichment facility for use by all states.
"The international system of non-proliferation is vital to the world but is in serious danger of disintegrating," Solana told a think-tank audience in Madrid late on Wednesday.
He noted that Arab states such as Morocco, Egypt and Jordan had started ambitious nuclear programmes in the last year, while Iran was enriching uranium for non-existent power stations.
"The only way of finding a lasting solution to these problems is. . . by creating an international enrichment centre under multilateral supervision..."
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4267398a12.html

"...All states would have access to enriched fuel under fair conditions and at competitive prices," he said in the speech, delivered at a Madrid institute.
He underlined that the present nuclear control system, based on a "subtle balance" between non-proliferation, technological transfers and disarmament, is under threat.
"The problem comes from the perception of many countries that there is an imbalance between these three elements," the EU's top diplomat said.
He said they think that nations with atomic weapons "do not respect their promises not to transfer nuclear technology or on giving up at least part of their arsenal."
Solana said that rising oil prices and climate change had made nuclear energy an alternative that "every country wants to have".
He cited recent decisions by Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to launch "ambitious nuclear programmes which would have been unthinkable just two years ago."
The problem was that nuclear development had a "double usage", civilian and military, and that "transparency and confidence are essential...".
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jVILuEAY6HLirQKh8Q1YIJh0M7dg

behind that thoughts is also Solanas perspective to transfer sovereignty to a supranational entity. Worldwide.:
"The European Union is the paradigm. ...The international community can and must To assume this responsibility if the state in question does abdication of it. This is based Humanitarian intervention adopted by the United Nations. And responsibility towards other states, for example in the context of climate change. States have to be responsible for acts which go beyond its borders and threaten the welfare of all. We must make progress in deepening this relationship. This trend is closely connected With an issue that will address later: the governance of international society...I think that in the coming years, the international projection of the European Union has to face three major challenges:
- The first is to contribute, and/or I dare say to take the leadership in the construction of an authentic and effective multilateral system.
-The second, define it's interests and act as Union abroad taking into account such Interests. - The third challenge is how to redefine projecting to the rest of the world set of values irrevocable with its political system.
Achieving these goals requires not only huge dose of tenacity and effort, but Also a clear and resolute political will on the part of Member States..."
(farmertranslated, the whole speech in Spanish:
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/discours/97010.pdf

and what about "ITER" in Cadarache(F)
(as Constance Cumbey uses to say: "iter rimes with bitter")?
In Latin ITER means “the way”. That makes Solanas sentence even more interesting.
"The only way of finding a lasting solution to these problems is creating an international enrichment centre under multilateral supervision".
http://www.iter.org/

Jesus says: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 14:6


stay tuned!
farmer

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sarkozy or Solana? conclusions from the 9th EUROMED conference: strengthen, reaffirm and reinforce

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"Ferrero-Waldner brushed aside fears the Mediterranean Union project (farmer: this is the name of Sarkozys idea) could overshadow a 12-year-old EU strategy to boost cooperation among Mediterranean countries and create a free trade area, in what is known as the Barcelona Process (the name of Solanas project).

"The idea of a possible Mediterranean Union is something complementary and only makes sense if it remains complementary," Ferrero-Waldner said.

"He (Sarkozy) has made clear that Mediterranean Union is not intended to replicate or duplicate any political framework. An added value could be there, but we want to maintain the Barcelona Process," she said.

The EU executive was working with France, which holds the bloc's rotating presidency in the second half of 2008, to present the Mediterranean Union project at the right time."

"...European Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana said after meeting with European and Middle East leaders in Lisbon he was confident peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians could move forward in the near term. "From the constructive debate we had last night, I had the impression that we are going to make progress", Solana told a news conference on Tuesday after the two-day meeting."
Link

from the Conference conclusions:
"-Ministers reaffirm their commitment to pursue their efforts to realise the Barcelona
Declaration objectives: to establish a common area of peace and stability, to create an area
of shared prosperity and to develop a partnership in social, cultural and human affairs. "

"-Ministers emphasise the important role that
the Barcelona Process can play in addressing common challenges facing the Euro-
Mediterranean region, such as: economic and social development, climate change and
energy, civil protection, migration, and countering terrorism and extremism."

Ministers also emphasise that while the Barcelona Process could be enriched by other
initiatives aiming at strengthening
the political, economic and cultural ties between the
Euro-Med countries, they underline the strong attachment of all partners to the Barcelona Process and reiterate its centrality for the EU relations with Mediterranean countries."

Ministers reaffirm their commitment to maintain the comprehensive approach implemented
since the inception of the Barcelona Process to achieve the objectives of the Euro-Med
partnership..."
"
"Ministers underline
the important role of the Anna Lindh Foundation, established by the Euro-Mediterranean
partners to promote dialogue between cultures and to convey universal principles and
shared values
and ensure better knowledge, mutual understanding and respect among Euro–
Mediterranean peoples..."

Ministers stress the importance of the European Neighbourhood Policy, which contributes to reinforcing and complementing the Barcelona Process through implementing bilateral Association Agreements and the Action Plans in accordance with agreed priorities. They welcome the participation of Euro-Med partner countries in the International conference on 3rd September 2007 in Brussels “Working together – strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy”.
Ministers emphasise the importance of consultations regarding all
new initiatives with the aim of enhancing cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region. In
this context, Ministers take note of a presentation on the Mediterranean Union as an
initiative to complement the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership"
(the last sentece is the sidekick to Sarkozy)

They remind that the political objectives of the Barcelona process are sustained by a
substantial budget of more than € 3.3 billion for 2007-2010,..."


"....In this context, Ministers reaffirm their commitment to achieve a just,
comprehensive and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict
, consistent with the
terms of reference of the Madrid Conference and its principles, including land for
peace and based on the relevant UNSC resolutions and the Road Map. Partners
also call for the reinvigoration of efforts to promote progress in the Middle East
Peace Process on all its tracks.
Ministers welcome the positive role played by the EU in the Middle East, notably
in the framework of the Quartet
. They encourage the resumption of substantial
bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority which should pave the
way to the fulfillment of the vision of two national states, a safe and secure Israel
and a viable, sovereign and democratic Palestinian State, living side by side in
peace and security. Final state issues, including border issues, have to be agreed by
the parties.
b. The implementation of the Code of Conduct on countering terrorism."

thinking about possible temple offerings:
"...4) Ministers welcome progress achieved in the negotiations on further liberalisation of agricultural, processed agricultural and fisheries products, in accordance with the Rabat Euro-Mediterranean Road Map for Agriculture which are ongoing with
Egypt, Israel and Morocco. Discussions are also being held with some
Mediterranean countries on recognition and protection of geographical indications
for agricultural products."

and finally:
"(38) Ministers encourage the Anna Lindh Foundation to look for further ways to involve
a broad spectrum of society in its work. To this end they suggested seminars could
be held in 2008 on combating all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and
religious intolerance as well on the role that citizens can play in promoting
moderation and rejecting extremists’ views.
"(39) Ministers welcome the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative and its possible contribution to the Barcelona Process."

read the full conclusions here !!

stay tuned!
farmer

Monday, November 05, 2007

EU seeks mediating role in Mideast conflict

Foreign ministers from Israel and the Palestinian territories are holding talks with EU officials during a two-day conference in Lisbon. The foreign ministers will talk separately with senior European Union in Lisbon at the 9th Euro-Mediterranean Conference which runs until Tuesday, Nov. 6. Discussions are expected to focus on the Middle East peace process.
see pictures here

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"After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. "
Daniel 7

The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership was set up in 1995 under Solana and aims on establishing a common area of peace and security and works toward enhancing cooperation between the EU and 10 of its southern neighbors.
(When Christopher Warren reported Clinton about the astonishing negotiating abilities of Solana, Clinton wanted Solana as new NATO-Boss. His wish came true exactly 10 days later.)

The European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Monday praised the "constructive" approach of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the upcoming US-sponsored conference on the Middle East, saying it could help bring peace to the region.
(Olmert had held a speech at a dinner last night sponsored by the Saban Center of the Brookings Institute in Jerusalem, with attendence of Rice and Tony Blair. Olmert spoke forcefully in Hebrew with a message to the Israeli public. The speech was broadcast live on Israel television.)
Israeli officials said it was no coincidence that Olmert chose to speak in Hebrew at a conference where all the other speeches were in English. The prime minister was really addressing the Israeli public, they said, and the message was that he was serious about the peace talks and that Israel would have to fulfill its obligations under the road map peace plan.
"The issue of Jerusalem can be fudged for the conference; issues of territory are not very controversial anymore," he said. "The issue of refugees and the Jewish nature of the State of Israel seem to be, at the moment, the most critical issue."

“This is Rabin’s legacy,” Mr. Olmert said. “This is a legacy to which I am obligated; this is a legacy according to which I intend to lead the state of Israel over the coming months — before the meeting in Annapolis, during it and most important after it.” link.

"Olmert yesterday gave a very constructive speech, one of his best in recent times," Solana said. "If that is the spirit with which he is approaching the [Middle East peace] process, I think we have many chances of having a positive outcome."
Solana was addressing reporters in Lisbon ahead of talks between senior EU officials and the foreign ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
"[The conference] will be the start of a future process ... we will enter into intense and continuous negotiations," Olmert said.
Olmert also said he hoped for the negotiations could be completed before January 2009. And speaking in Lisbon, the EU's Solana said Europe shared Olmert's hopes of seeing the peace process bring about results by that date.

The EU's foreign policy chief, whose official title is the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, plans to visit the region next week.

"I hope to see for myself what are the chances of success. I think a success is possible," Solana said. ..."
from:
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2871298,00.html

"The meeting was also expected to offer EU ministers a first chance to discuss Sarkozy's as yet undefined idea of creating a Mediterranean Union.
Modelled on the EU, the Mediterranean Union would comprise 20 countries on the Mediterranean Sea. Among them Israel and Syria...."

"German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited both Tel Aviv and Ramallah this week and later said talks between Israelis and Palestinians had entered 'a decisive phase'.
During his visit to the Middle East, Steinmeier unveiled a German-initiated plan aimed at supporting Palestinian businesses, education and security services.
He said the initiative was designed to allocate European aid in a timely and organized manner.
The EU's executive, the Commission, has announced its intention of resuming direct financial aid to the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah...
Soldiers from Italy and France are leading peace-keeping operations in southern Lebanon and Israel tends to view the EU as traditionally pro-Arab." Link


-Also there are EU-Morocco talks to boost bilateral ties , (read more about it here)
this comes admidst a conflict between Spanish King Juan Carlos and Marocco about
a visit in a Spanish city on African land. Spain insists the city is as Spanish as Madrid or Barcelona. Morocco calls them "occupied" territory. Marocco recalled already it's ambassador. read about it here . and then this all shows how "needed" is the dialogue:
"Morocco calls for serious dialogue with Spain to turn the page on colonial occupation"
http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_13437.shtml
This cries CRISIS=OPPORTUNITY

stay tuned!
farmer