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Bernard Kouchner's visit to London

Bernard Kouchner’s visit to London

Published on May 5, 2008
At the invitation of the Norwegian foreign minister he took part in the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) which is coordinating development assistance to the Palestinian Territories.

The meeting followed on the AHLC meeting in New York in September 2007 and the international donors’ conference for the Palestinian state which was held in Paris on December 17, 2007. It was the occasion to recall the importance for the entire international community of building strong and independent Palestinian institutions. In a situation in which the priority is to facilitate conditions for the movement of people and goods and to support the reforms backed by international aid, participants also discussed ways of encouraging the parties to ensure the effective implementation of projects on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza.

- Read the statement issued on May 2nd in London by the Quartet ( United Nations, Russian Federation, United States and European Union)

The minister also attended a meeting of foreign ministers of the Six (China, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, France) given over to the Iranian nuclear issue. In the context of their policy based on one hand on the call for negotiations and on the other, on the use of sanctions in the absence of a positive response from Iran, the Six have decided to again show their willingness to negotiate by presenting Iran with a new offer of cooperation based on the one they presented in 2006.

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