|Spanish FM proposes new Middle East peace plan|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 24 October 2006 00:00|
Spain has proposed the Quartet (EU, UN, US, Russia) adopt a new peace initiative for the Middle East to replace the failed "Roadmap to peace" document spearheaded by the United States. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos - who is also involved in the new "Alliance of Civilizations", stated that Europe now has an historic opportunity to take the lead in new talks in the region.
Quote: "Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos told a parliamentary panel that Europe has a historic opportunity to take the lead in pushing for new talks, and hinted that it was too late to revive the American-backed blueprint for peace known as the "road map." That initiative, launched in June 2003, envisioned a Palestinian state alongside Israel but stalled almost from the outset because neither side met their initial commitments. "It is necessary that this diplomatic initiative be led by the European Union, not with small, gradual steps but with a major initiative that has great scope," said Moratinos, a former EU envoy to the Middle East considered to have excellent contacts throughout the region.
Spain is already highly involved in the peace process in the Middle East. The country has hosted the Barcelona Process for the last 10 years, a framework of support for any peace initiatives in the Middle East. This is also not the first time Spanish Foreign Minister Moratinos has called on the EU to do more in the Middle East. In August this year Moratinos met with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and the other Foreign Ministers of the European Union. He said, "The time has come for European efforts to relaunch peace in the Middle East. Europeans are gaining more in credibility, in presence and engagement in the future of this region, which is our region". His view, that Europe has an historic opportunity to make an impact in the Middle East - even according to some a "new found role" as a mediator between the Arab and Jewish nations, seems to be shared by many. And the Bible, as we have been saying for years, backs up this idea. I've made it clear since I started this website, that any American-backed plan for the Middle East will ultimately fail, and history has proven that statement to be true. Why? Because according to Daniel's prophecy, it will be a European who will confirm the covenant with many nations.