July 15, 2009

Can Europe Can Make Peace in the Middle East?

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

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The call by the European Union's foreign policy chief for the United Nations Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state by a certain deadline, even without any Israeli-Palestinian agreement, is intriguing and unimpressive. On Saturday, Javier Solana stated at a lecture in London that, "[a]fter a fixed deadline, a UN Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution," which he said should address border parameters, refugees, control over the city of Jerusalem, and security arrangements. The move should also accept the Palestinian state as a full member of the UN, set a calendar for implementation, look to resolve other remaining territorial disputes, and "legitimize the end of claims." Solana went on to say that...

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