Europe needs Middle East peace, says Schroeder

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2 December 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has told a high-level Arab-German meeting that Europe would never have lasting stability without Middle East peace. "We therefore, as Germans and Europeans, have a fundamental interest in a peaceful resolution of the Mideast conflict," said Schroeder to representatives from parliaments, governments, business and culture in Germany, Europe and the Arab countries taking part in three-days of talks sponsored by the German parliament. Schroeder und

2 December 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has told a high-level Arab-German meeting that Europe would never have lasting stability without Middle East peace.

"We therefore, as Germans and Europeans, have a fundamental interest in a peaceful resolution of the Mideast conflict," said Schroeder to representatives from parliaments, governments, business and culture in Germany, Europe and the Arab countries taking part in three-days of talks sponsored by the German parliament.

Schroeder underlined that Mideast peace was partly about seizing "improved" chances for reaching a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

But he said lasting peace would not be possible in the region without an improvement of the prosperity and prospects of people living in the Arab world.

Education remained a key area which Germany wanted to focus on in its regional aid programmes, he said.

"Because ignorance is an ideal breeding ground for intolerance and fundamentalism," said Schroeder according to an advance text of his speech.

Among those attending the meeting are Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Ben Yahia, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and the head of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ludwig Georg Braun.

Braun complained of what he termed the German media's "one-sided" reporting on the Arab world.

"Not enough is being said about efforts being made by Arab states for prosperity, cooperation and peace," said Braun.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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