France offers to host Mideast conference

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LONDON, March 1 (AFP) - France offered on Tuesday to host an international conference on Palestinian reform in the second half of 2005 at a one-day forum under way in London.

LONDON, March 1 (AFP) - France offered on Tuesday to host an international conference on Palestinian reform in the second half of 2005 at a one-day forum under way in London.

"(We must) think about - and I suggested this in the name of the French government - (holding) an international conference in the second semester of 2005 with the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire international community in order to take the next steps after this meeting," Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said.

"We are all jointly responsible for this dynamic. We must support the efforts of the Israelis and Palestinians. They must talk to each other again, and cooperate, in order for the next steps to be successful," he said at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Barnier was among several dozen high-ranking officials including Rice, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and other EU foreign policy chiefs attending a one-day meeting hosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair in support of Palestinian reform efforts.

© AFP

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