|PA to announce new government in 10 days|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Saturday, 02 September 2006 00:00|
Well it all seems to be coming together. That's if you have faith in Kofi Annan's diplomacy skills. The UN Secretary General has seemingly secured the co-operation of Syria and Iran in the Israeli-Hizbullah cease-fire. I learned something last week from my friend Cliff, that Kofi Annan is a Muslim. That may partially explain why some of Mr Annan's statements regarding Israeli "massacres" in Lebanon have been so extreme, while Hizbullah generally gets away with murder. Hizbullah still roams southern Lebanon and is still armed to the teeth with Syrian and Iranian missiles, yet it seems everyone in the international community is willing to turn a blind eye so long as nobody rocks the boat. It seems this peace is going to be a fudge. Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy has said he will give Iran two more weeks before responding to their latest rebuff to the UN Security Council over the nuclear issue. Solana is desperate to keep Russia and China on board - who have openly declared they are against sanctions at this time, and the US - who has declared they will push for sanctions regardless. Javier Solana will meet Iran's nuclear negotiator Larijani next week, on behalf of the six nations. Meanwhile Solana's push for Middle East peace may pay off sooner than we think, as Fatah and Hamas announce a new Palestinian Authority government could be formed, based on the prisoners' document.
Quote: "At the conclusion of a Saturday meeting between Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and President Mahmoud Abbas – the fifth such meeting in the past 48 hours – Abbas’ spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdeneh said the two leaders had made significant progress and a unity government was expected within ten days. Abu Rdeneh told reporters that the meetings were aimed at reaching an agreement on the minimum basic principles for establishing a joint government.
A more "moderate" Palestinian Authority would of course enable the EU to continue foreign aid to the government, and could theoretically form the basis for a new "peace" agreement with Israel if Solana gets his way. Apparently Syria also believes Israel is about to return the Golan Heights, whether by peace agreement or war I don't know. But this could also bring Syria into the "covenant" equation. That would in effect allow Israel to sign a peace covenant with all of its neighbours. Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Authority would join Egypt and Jordan in making "peace" with Israel, possibly all at the same time. All we need is a man to choreograph this altogether, and there is no doubt he is now waiting in the wings until his time comes.