FM Silvan Shalom spoke yesterday to European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, as part of an effort to prevent the UN General Assembly from approving a draft Palestinian resolution on the security fence. 

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom spoke yesterday (18 July 2004) to European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. Their conversation was part of a wider campaign by the Foreign Ministry to prevent the UN General Assembly from approving a draft Palestinian resolution on the security fence. 

FM Shalom asked Solana to use his influence to ensure that the EU opposes Palestinian efforts to bring the issue to the General Assembly. Palestinian efforts should be geared instead to fulfilling their obligations, including fighting terrorism and implementing reforms. FM Shalom said that the EU’s position would serve as an indication of its seriousness and of its capability to act as a balanced party in the region.  

FM Shalom also addressed Solana’s upcoming visit to Israel (scheduled for Thursday July 22) and the EU’s role in the rehabilitation of Gaza.