Israeli envoy blasts German leader

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16 February 2004 , BERLIN - Israel's ambassador to Berlin says it is inappropriate for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to receive Palestinian leader Ahmed Qureia this week. In an exclusive weekend interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, Ambassador Shimon Stein urged Schroeder not to go through with plans to confer with Qureia in Berlin on Tuesday. Calling Qureia a "failed prime minister", Stein added, "Qureia has done nothing in the fight against terrorism. "Qureia has not dared to confront the str

16 February 2004

BERLIN - Israel's ambassador to Berlin says it is inappropriate for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to receive Palestinian leader Ahmed Qureia this week.

In an exclusive weekend interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, Ambassador Shimon Stein urged Schroeder not to go through with plans to confer with Qureia in Berlin on Tuesday.

Calling Qureia a "failed prime minister", Stein added, "Qureia has done nothing in the fight against terrorism. "Qureia has not dared to confront the strategy of chaos of (Palestinian leader Yassir) Arafat. He ought to do his homework first."

Stein expressed caution about German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's latest peace initiative for the Middle East.

At the same time, he lashed out at German criticism of construction of the anti-terrorism fence on the West Bank.

"It is our position that the anti-terrorism fence is necessary and legitimate, and that it is only temporary," Stein told dpa.

At last weekend's Munich security conference, Fischer unveiled a proposal for drawing the European Union into the Mideast peace process, but without disclosing details.

"I welcome his remark that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should not be viewed in isolation," he said.

"The problems of the region are not entirely dependent on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Stein added.

"Were we to resolve the conflict tomorrow, that would not in itself solve the causes of the problems in this large geographic region."

 

DPA
Subject: German news 

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