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Mediterranean Union to Rid Middle East of WMDs

Mediterranean Union Agrees to Rid the Middle East of WMDs

Nicolas Sarkozy, seen below with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, relished his role as host of 43 nations from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, launching his new Mediterranean Union. At the culmination of the meeting held in Paris yesterday, the nations' leaders condemned "terrorism in all forms" and agreed to "pursue a mutually and effectively verifiable Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction."

Sarkozy's brainstorm has achieved the bold initiative of bringing together warring and impoverished nations alongside wealthy and industrialized nations to form the Mediterranean Union. He said at the closing of the summit yesterday, "we dreamed about a Union for the Mediterranean, and now it is a reality."

Leaders from the nations around the Mediterranean discussed a litany of problems including poverty, immigration, global warming and dwindling resources. To see how the Mediterranean Union plans to tackle peace in the Middle East,


Though traditionally the gathering of nations like France, Italy, and Spain with Syria, Lebanon, and Israel might have yielded little in the way of substance, this might be the right summit at the right time. Instead of discussing abstract economic theories on disparity between Europe and the Middle East, they focused on practical projects like a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. “We will build peace in the Mediterranean together, like yesterday we built peace in Europe,” Sarkozy said to his guests.

Among the goals agreed upon are “objectives of achieving peace, stability and security” in the region, a region-wide solar energy project, a Mediterranean student exchange program, a pollution eradication plan, as well as "practical steps to prevent the proliferation" of nuclear weapons, signed by all — including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert — though stops short of planning enforcement.

Is this a good move toward solving conflict — or another photo-op and handshake-meeting with no clear plan for results?


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Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
LOL omgosh he does!!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
How cute is Sarkozy! He looks like he wants to start skipping with his new friends.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
My thoughts are along the same lines as Dave, Jude and Eilonwy. It's a wait and see kind of thing for me. and Gigill now I have that Elvis song in my head LOL ... a little less conversation, a little more action... lol ugh it'll be there all day too... ;-)
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I think because these problems directly affect the nations attending the conference, it has a better chance. Without US, Chinese or Russian interference, I think they have a good shot at some of this.
gigill gigill 9 years
I'm going to be cynical and say this looks like another "all talk, no action" kind of summit that we are used to seeing from politicians. *YAWN*
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
I think it premature to question its efficacy. The intentions and goals of the leaders involves are worthwhile and honorable, and one can only hope the group's trajectory will continue in this direction.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'll be interested to see how committed the leaders are to making their stated shared goals a reality. In the meantime, it's a good first step.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Great. Now if they could've done this in the 90's, we wouldn't be in Iraq right now.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
It's a union of really good food, siestas, and colorful beach houses. yay!
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