France Calls on Solana to Visit Middle East
France, which currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, has called on EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, to travel to Syria and Lebanon as the Middle East crisis deepens.
French Foreign Minister, Hubert Vedrine, asked Solana to make the trip as early as Tuesday, the French government said in a statement Monday.
His mission would boost the European Union's contribution "towards the urgent and necessary de-escalation of the situation in southern Lebanon" the statement said.
The move follows an eruption of fighting across the Israeli Lebanese border and the abduction Saturday by Hizbollah movement of three Israeli soldiers.
Israeli President Ehud Barak has warned that Israel will hold Syria responsible for the well-being of the three Israelis, while Deputy Defense Minister, Ephraim Sneh, said Syria will be "the address of our response" if border violence persisted – PARIS (AFP)
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