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I have discussed with Blair in Yalta Pal(estine) and my position on UN
20 hours ago
Luis Acevedo Luis_Huacuja_A Huacuja
@ Javiersolana And what is Blair's position on the recognition of a Palestinian state?
13 hours ago
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Qu @ Luis_Huacuja_A think in this he pretty much agrees with me, but not in public
11 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone
Luis Acevedo Luis_Huacuja_A Huacuja
@ Javiersolana I really appreciate your response. Unfortunately it is difficult to envisage a common EU position, now in the case of Palestine
10 hours ago"
"...the last hope is the Sunday meeting of the Quartet (U.S., Russia, EU and UN), in which Ashton expects the emergence of a miracle that allows to camouflage the divisions in the (EU) community block.
Solana supports the proposal
In an article in the "Herald Tribune", Solana and the Finnish mediator Martti Ahtisaari, have advocated a European bloc backing the Palestinian plan, questioning Israel's objections concerning the violation of agreements and unilateral...." LINK
so Dr. Solana is popping up now with the idea ("10 reasons" for the TEN?) that Europe should speak with one voice in supporting his plan:
Ten Reasons for a European 'Yes'
By MARTTI AHTISAARI AND JAVIER SOLANA
Published: September 16, 2011
"It is not often that Europe has the chance to play a pivotal role on the world stage. But as the Palestinians push for recognition as a state at the United Nations later this month, the European Union is finding itself courted by each side, and therefore more influential on the Middle East process than at any time since the Oslo Accords.
As ever, the biggest challenge facing the E.U.’s 27 member states is presenting a unified front. There are 10 compelling reasons for them to coalesce around a “yes” vote and keep the two-state approach to Middle East peace alive.
The critical vote is likely to be in the General Assembly, on a resolution to upgrade the Palestinians’ status from observer to non-member state. The Palestinians are likely to get a majority, but what matters more than the outcome of the vote is its size and composition.
The Israeli government is lobbying hard for a “no,” and the P.L.O., unable to significantly shape realities on the ground, hopes to at least show some diplomatic traction for its continued faith in the two-state approach. Europeans find themselves in the unusual position of being the key prize in this tussle.
The first reason why the E.U. 27 should vote “yes” is that the U.N. resolution is an attempt to keep the two-state solution alive. This solution is under attack from the steady expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, and from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s belief that the conflict should now be accepted as “insoluble.” As a result this vote is not a meaningless distraction, but a reaffirmation that the peace process is meaningful.
The second reason for a European “yes” is that the Europeans have already invested hugely in the two-state solution that is under scrutiny, including the annual €1 billion aid to help build a functioning Palestinian state. Again, a “yes” is a reaffirmation that the project is worthwhile and can succeed.
The third reason for a “yes” is simply to respond positively to Mahmoud Abbas’ state-building achievements. Failing to vote “yes” would be to respond to demands for state-building by refusing to formally acknowledge where they have got to.
The fourth reason is about the Arab Spring. Anything other than a “yes” would expose Europeans to charges of double standards from both post-revolutionary governments and conservative Arab regimes (for different reasons) for failing to support rights for Palestinians while advocating them elsewhere.
Usefully, a “yes” also aligns European interests with European values (the fifth reason), as it resets regional relationships. Interests — including preventing jihadist terrorism, containing Iran, security energy supplies and retaining markets for our exports — would all be damaged by perceived hypocrisy on the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
Despite concerns from Atlanticists that a “yes” will damage relations with the United States, arguably it could also be in Washington’s interests (the sixth reason). The U.S. is unable to vote “yes” for evident domestic reasons, but the E.U. 27 doing so would strengthen America’s hand when dealing with Israel. In the words of William Hague, a healthy trans-Atlantic relationship would be solid rather than slavish.
The seventh and eighth reasons concern Israel. The Israelis’ objections to the vote — that it is unilateral and violates previous agreements — do not hold water, and are no reason for Europe not to vote “yes.” Although the vote would open up negotiating options for Palestine that are currently closed, overall it might even help Israel. Moves toward recognition of Palestinian statehood within 1967 borders would reinforce the legitimacy of Israel’s own existence.
Despite Israeli fears, it would not necessarily open an easier path for Palestinian recourse to the International Criminal Court, and might give Europe a position from which it could pursue a quiet understanding with the Palestinians that they would not pursue I.C.C. jurisdiction for a significant period, drawing the sting from this troubling issue.
The ninth reason for a European “yes” is that it would not make Palestinian violence more likely. Indeed, a combination of perceived failure and the influence of the Arab Spring could touch off a “third intifada.” Squeezed between Israel and the invigorating sight of televised uprisings, the Palestinian authorities need a sign of progress if they are to prevent frustrations turning to violence. European endorsement of their statehood would be a powerful public signal that progress is possible.
Finally, a “yes” at the U.N. does not entail bilateral recognition of Palestine. The vote is for upgrading representation at the U.N., and only individual states can bestow recognition on Palestine.
There is of course an 11th reason for a unified European “yes” vote. The world already has enough examples of European inability to play an effective international role. Optimists will hope that Europeans will, this time, surprise us all by doing the right thing and securing themselves a much-needed diplomatic success in the process."
Martti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland and U.N. mediator, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. Javier Solana is a distinguished senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, and served as secretary general of NATO and E.U. high representative for common foreign and security policy. Both men are members of the board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Link with many thanks also to anonymous and adamantine!
"Europe postpones aid to Greece and rejects the "recipe" of U.S. Attorney
The Obama treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, suggested more expansionary measures to the EU. European colleagues told him "no thanks". And he refused to Athens a "lifeline" immediately.
The European Union yesterday gave an economic and financial double message: to Greece he said he did not yet deliver the coveted last part of the rescue fund of 8,000 million euros. And, out, told the U.S. that their recipes are unwelcome shock, and will continue on the path of structural reforms and fiscal austerity. Washington participated in the summit of finance ministers of the eurozone held in Poland with his treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, something quite unusual. In fact it was the first time that the Treasury chief is attending a summit of European colleagues.
The 17 ministers of the eurozone meeting in Wroclaw, Poland, stone guest stopped Geithner, who urged the EU to increase the volume of European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF), now equipped with 440,000 million euros, and is the tool to address acute crises, such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
Proposal rejected. Geithner The proposed policy involves following expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, applying United States. The model in mind Geithner is the TARP program, created in America during the 2008 crisis to stimulate consumer credit and business, guaranteeing the loans to banks. But this mechanism is not transferred to the European EFSF. "There is debate in the EU the increase or expansion of the European mechanism for financial stability with a non-member euro area," said the chairman of the Eurogroup, Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker. He added that "European governments are no leeway in the euro zone that would allow new stimulus" tax. Europe is on his way to prioritize "fiscal consolidation and structural reforms," agreed Commissioner Juncker and European Commission Economy, Olli Rehn.
Geithner stressed to his fellow European leaders that there calls for an increase in funding for EFSF, but put on the table should be sufficient to guarantee that a hypothetical redemption of Spain or Italy. Europe, Geithner also said, should "stop talking" about the possibility of a default of Greece and accelerate the solution of the problem. The Austrian minister, Maria Fekter, criticized even the presence of Geithner at the meeting: "I do not think it is justified that someone is here to teach us anything. If you look at the macroeconomic data, Europe is better than them," he snapped. Germanic colleague, Wolfgang Schauble, was also contrary to the accusations of Geithner, even without resorting to such harsh language.
Greece, in limbo. Meanwhile, in the front properly European, Greece received a severe correction from the ministers of the eurozone and the rest of the EU, and must wait for mid-October this year to receive the last 8 billion euros in the first bailout package, and to approve a second fund for help...." link