Kouchner welcomes Blair Mideast envoy post

28th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 27, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of outgoing British prime minister Tony Blair as the special envoy of the group charged with finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestininian conflict.

PARIS, June 27, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of outgoing British prime minister Tony Blair as the special envoy of the group charged with finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestininian conflict.

"At the moment when Tony Blair leaves his job as prime minister I must hail his action at the head of the British government and his appointment as special envoy of the quartet for the Middle East," he said in a statement.

The quartet is composed of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States. Its last envoy, former World Bank head James Wolfensohn, quit in frustration in May 2006.

"Today more than ever, the relaunching by the international community of a process of dialogue to settle the Israeli-Palestininian conflict and the strengthening of the Palestinian institutions require the efforts of all and the mobilisation of all energies," said Kouchner.


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