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Stop the war now: French Defence Minister

posted on 23/07/2006: 736 views

The visiting French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said here today that her country and the UAE had common stance on the current crises around the world. Speaking at a press conference at the Emirates Palace hotel here today, the Minister said her talks here had centred on enhancing friendship ties with the UAE.

"Our two countries have a common stance on the painful events - including military crises - taking place in many parts of the world," she said.

She said her talks with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and with General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, had focused on enhancement of UAE-French relations and boosting political and military cooperation between the two countries.

"The meetings also discussed the latest developments in the international arena, particularly the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa," she said.

Minister Michele disclosed that she will proceed Sunday to Cyprus to oversee a France-led campaign to evacuate French, Europeans and other foreigners from Lebanon. She called for an immediate halt of military action. "Continued attacks would only lead to more civilian casualties, more damage to infrastructure and more deaths on both sides, thus rendering resumption of the fragile peace process all the more difficult," she said.

She said her country would probably take part in the international force proposed to be deployed along the Lebanese-Israeli borders. She said the proposal had been made by President Chirac at the Big Eight Summit held last week in Russia.

Commenting on the Rome meeting next Wednesday, which will bring together all the major parties in the region, she said: "the current crisis can not be dissociated from its regional context. Yet, a quick solution for the current crisis has to be worked out." The Minister said France and the US held different views on the approach to the current crisis. "France's first priority is an immediate ceasefire, whereas the US is in favour of reaching a solution prior to ceasefire." She said any political solution must be supported by an international force capable of maintaining peace in the region.

Minister Michele criticised US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's statement that the current crisis was a prelude to a new Middle East. "The Americans have long been using terms like new and old.”No political system can be imported from abroad to be imposed on any country because each country has its own culture and history that can not be ignored," she said.

The Minister said France will start Sunday evacuation of French, European, and other foreigners from Lebanon. She said two ships, with a capacity for 7000 persons and a 200-bed hospital will transport those to Cyprus. She said she will fly today to Cyprus to oversee the evacuation process.

Michele indicated that France had launched a massive campaign for pooling aid for Lebanon. "Over 15,000 tonnes of aid, including power generation and water distribution equipment, food and medical supplies have been prepared for air shipment to Lebanon," she said. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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