|January EU Summit to strengthen Solana's hand|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 19 December 2006 17:00|
|This from my friend elijahreborn... |
Earlier in the year, Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, was given a mission from French President Jacque Chirac and the European Foreign Ministers in June 2006. Shortly following the declaration of this mission, the war between Israel and Hizbullah broke out, after the capture of Israeli soldiers. Javier Solana was the first world leader to visit Lebanon, after the end of the Israeli-Hizbullah war. But he complained bitterly that he was hindered in his task of bringing about a regional peace agreement, due to interference in the Middle East from European leaders pushing their own foreign policies rather than speaking with one European voice. Come January, that looks set to change. The EU plans to hold a summit in January 2007, aimed at revitalizing the EU Constitution, "strengthening" Solana's hand, and renewing EU peace efforts in the Middle East.
Quote: "Meanwhile the Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, said that Spain’s joint peace initiative with Italy and France for the Middle East, had led to a motion passed by the European Council on the problem. He said the motion strengthens the hand of the EU representative, Javier Solana, and puts the road plan to peace back on track.
Due to the problems in ratifying the EU Constitution by January 1st 2007 - the original deadline, EU leaders had decided to hold a summit and make a "political declaration" on the Constitution, presumably a statement of faith in the treaty even though it isn't officially adopted. I don't know exactly what strengthening Solana's hand entails. This could mean Solana's job may be merged with the EU External Relations Commissioner, if not becoming EU Foreign Minister proper. This would give Solana the "one voice" of Europe he has wanted for so long. And of course, according to the article, this will place Solana in the perfect position for confirming the EU's peace agreement in the Middle East. Solana is already personally involved in the efforts for peace in the Middle East. Last night he phoned President Abbas and discussed his call for early elections...
Quote: "President Mahmoud Abbas received Saturday a phone call from Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. President Abbas briefed Solana on the latest developments in the Palestinian territory. For his part, Solana reiterated his support for President Abbas and his efforts to overcome the current political crisis for the benefit of all Palestinians.
Wow. I can't believe I'm typing this. Piece by piece, the events spoken of in the Scriptures are falling into place. Time to start getting ready to go.
2nd Peter 1:19