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German sent to bring Mideast peace

The Local · 24 Jan 2012, 06:08

Published: 24 Jan 2012 06:08 GMT+01:00

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Andreas Reinicke, Germany's ambassador to Syria, will take over from Belgian diplomat Marc Otte on February 1 for a term ending June 30, 2013, with the goal of helping to revive stalled peace talks.

Reinicke "is an experienced diplomat with huge knowledge of the Middle East. He will play a key role in our efforts to bring the parties back to the negotiating table", said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

An EU statement said his task "will be to contribute to achieving the EU's policy objectives in the region, including a comprehensive peace, a two-state solution and a settlement of the Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Lebanese conflicts."

His appointment comes on the eve of a two-day visit by Ashton to Israel and the Palestinian territories, hoping to persuade both sides to return to the negotiating table.

The two sides began exploratory talks this month under the auspices of Jordan to see if they can resume negotiations.

"We want to offer support to the King of Jordan for all the work that they are currently doing to try and support a peaceful solution, a two-state solution," Ashton said.

"I will be there to try and support that in every way that I can," said Ashton, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as well as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Salam Fayyad.

The EU has angered Israel over leaked EU reports criticising the continuing construction of settlements in Palestinian territories.

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Jewish settlements are deeply contentious, with Israeli-Palestinian peace talks grinding to a halt over the issue in late September 2010, just weeks after they were restarted.


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10:02 January 24, 2012 by Talonx
Why not also mention how the settlements are illegal and an encroachment on traditional olive tree farm plots.
11:29 January 24, 2012 by zeddriver
I say let the Israeli people have California. It's broken and needs fixing. It would also give the middle east one less thing to be pissed off about. Then the US needs to get out.

But. I have a feeling that even if those things happened. The middle east would still be on fire as it always has been. As they even hate themselves because of tribal traditions. The families in the village down the road, they come from a different tribal background/religious sect and must therefore be killed. It's always been that way, Is still, And will remain so. No amount of western salesmanship of democracy can change it. It will only change if the people in the middle east want it to change.
15:49 January 24, 2012 by Talonx
@ zeddriver

It should cheer you up to know that pan-arabic and pan-religious organizations exist within both nations which would whole-heartedly disagree with you. In fact the areas under contention are where these groups are primarily active.

This view of 'tribalism' that you put forth is more than just a bit misinformed for this particular region.
17:04 January 24, 2012 by raandy
Waste of time unless Israel gives back the land and tears down the housing on occupied land and treats the Palestinian's with respect.
19:30 January 24, 2012 by zeddriver

I was referring to the middle east as a whole concerning tribalism. I would agree that the Israel/Palestine area is not tribal.

But I still say that the tribal element of the greater middle east. Will never allow the peace to last. Even if Israel retreats, Gives the disputed lands back. The radical Muslim elements will never sleep until the Jewish state is wiped off the earth. And the Taliban will go about their merry way killing their Muslim brothers & sisters that disagree with them. It's one reason I would like to see Israel make peace with Palestine and for the west to get the hell out of there. Because even after all that. The jihad will continue. It's in their nature. and if the jihad does continue after peace breaks out. The world will have no sympathy for the middle east like they do now.
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