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The summit of the Union for the Mediterranean postponed

23 mai 2010

The summit of the Union for the Mediterranean scheduled for June 7 in Barcelona has been postponed until November, the Spanish EU Presidency announced Thursday.

The attendance of the Arab countries was placed in doubt last week when the  press reported that countries such as Syria and Egypt were threatening to boycott the Barcelona summit if Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of a far-right anti-Arab party, attended. The possible boycott was never confirmed by the governments.

The Foreign Ministers of Spain, France and Egypt met in Cairo on Sunday to define the  conditions of the postponement of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) summit, which was originally scheduled for June 7 in Barcelona but has  been moved to the third week of November.

The announcement was made by the Spanish presidency of the EU:   »The three countries have agreed that the summit will be held in Barcelona in the third week of November, co-inciding with celebrations marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Barcelona Conference of 1995, which heralded the beginning of the Euro-Mediterranean process ». According to the EU’s Spanish presidency, ‘‘this postponement will allow greater time for the dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians to begin bearing fruit, which will help create the conditions that will guarantee the success of the summit ».

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