With pro-Sharia parties looking to play a significant role in new governments in North Africa and the Middle East, one would think that the French Foreign Minister might think this would be a good time to disengage from Euro-Med partnership initiatives. No such luck.
"Uprisings: Juppe', Mediterranean Union Needed More Than Ever," from ANSAmed, March 2 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) - PARIS, MARCH 2 - In light of the uprisings in the Arab world the Union for the Mediterranean project, launched in 2008 in Paris, is needed more than ever. The statement was made by the new French foreign minister, Alain Juppe', who already yesterday insisted on the need to revive this ambitious project.
During a speech to the Paris National Assembly Juppe' stated that ''The Med Union is an idea that is needed more than ever before'', and added that ''Our common interest is to ensure that the development of the two shores will allow citizens of the south to live at home, on their land, in their countries, and to find there their rightful peace, freedom, work and prosperity.
That is what we will do by reviving the Med Union with the support of all European Union Countries''. The Union for the Mediterranean, a cooperation project between the EU and the Countries of the south shore of the Mediterranean, among which Israel, was one of the initiatives that was strongly desired by president Nicolas Sarkozy. But the stalemate in the peace process between Israel and Palestine still has not allowed the project to take off....
Hat Tip: Runic