The failure of the peace process prevented the Barcelona process to call a summit bringing together leaders from Israel and Arab countries. The Union for the Mediterranean, which is about to launch in Paris, successfully overcame the obstacle.
For the first time since the Middle East conflict broke 60 years ago, the heads of state from Arab countries and
In a heretofore unseen picture, Syrian Bashar Al-Assad, Egyptian Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas, Moroccan King Mohamed VI, Algerian Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Tunisian Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Mauritanian Sidi Mohamed Ould Sheikh Abdallahi will take their places next to Israeli Ehud Olmert at the international conference. This gathering between leaders, who for so long turned their backs to each other, is not devoid of diplomatic scope.
Inaugurated in November 1995 during of the launch of the Middle East peace process, the Euro-Mediterranean project of
The breakdown of the Israeli-Arab peace process weighed heavily from early 1996 and at the start of the second intifada in 2000, causing the decay of the
2008, a more favourable context
The inability of the
Eighteen months after launching his idea for the UFM, in the middle of the presidential campaign, Nicolas Sarkozy is assured to get the memorial photo of his dreams: the nearly complete Euro-Mediterranean “family portrait.”
Unimaginable only a few years ago, it was made possible by the recent diplomatic progress in the
Will the UPM prove more effective than
Date created : 2008-07-11