Thursday, September 11, 2008

If Only Israel Would Act Thusly

Israel is always being pressured by the EU and especially Solana.

Read how Russia deals with them:

On Wednesday, Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said Russia had agreed only to allow the monitors into the security zone outside the two enclaves. He said Mr. Sarkozy was trying to appease the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili.

“First, it’s not true,” Mr. Lavrov said at a news conference. “Second, this is an absolutely unscrupulous attempt to not explain honestly to Mr. Saakashvili what conditions the E.U. had undertaken, and what obligations Russia had undertaken...”

...“We couldn’t care less about the pieces of paper Mr. Saakashvili retrieves from his pocket and shows to journalists.”

The European foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, told the European Parliament on Wednesday that the observer mission would initially deploy in the security zone, as allowed by the accord, but that he hoped it would then move into the enclaves.

...The mission “will be deployed with the spirit that it can deploy everywhere,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse.

A senior German official in Berlin said European leaders hoped that the Russians would ease the restrictions on their movement. The talks in Moscow had been tense, and at one point — when Mr. Lavrov proposed that Russian troops remain in the Georgian cities of Senaki and Poti — Mr. Sarkozy and his delegation threatened to leave.

...“We have no military or diplomatic tool to force the Russians out of the enclaves,” he said. “We need to get it on the diplomatic track.”

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