European security group rejects PA membership (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 07/09/12)
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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe denies request
for observers status, J´lem praises rejection.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Saturday
rejected a Palestinian application to join the organization as an
observer, which one official in Jerusalem said was the result of
Israeli diplomatic efforts, Army Radio reported Sunday.
Twenty-eight countries voted against the Palestinian request and 21
voted in favor of accepting the application, according to the report.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Army Radio Sunday that
Israeli diplomatic efforts played a role in thwarting the Palestinian
application. The Foreign Ministry noted that the United States,
Germany and Italy opposed the application.
Turkey also voted against the application, something the Foreign
Ministry said could be a sign of improved relations with Ankara,
according to the report.
Later Sunday, European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso
was scheduled to meet senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah, ahead
of a two-day visit to Jerusalem, official Palestinian news agency
Barroso was expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
The EC president and Fayyad were expected to sign a 20 million euro
agreement aimed at supporting PA efforts to promote democracy and the
rule of law, according to WAFA.
The European Union is the largest donor to the Palestinian Authority.
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