Germany calls on US to press for Mideast peace

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14 June 2005, BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer called on the United States on Tuesday to play a greater role in pressing for peace in the Middle East.

14 June 2005

BERLIN - German foreign minister Joschka Fischer called on the United States on Tuesday to play a greater role in pressing for peace in the Middle East.

Speaking at a symposium in Berlin, Fischer said: "There is need for a strong, intensive commitment. Europeans are doing that," adding, "I wish that the Americans would do so too."

Saying prospects have never been better for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Fischer added, "If this window of opportunity closes, this chance will be gone."

Never before, he added, "have opportunity and risk been so close" to one another.

Fischer returned from a trip to Washington just last week, lobbying for Germany's demand for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

After talks with Fischer, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declined to endorse the proposal, saying the United States has not taken a position against any proposal to expand the council.

Germany is included in a proposal to add six permanent members to the powerful council along with India, Japan, Brazil and two as-yet- unnamed African countries.

The only country that the United States, which is among the five current permanent council members, has outwardly supported is Japan, citing its financial contributions to the United Nations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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