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GI Israeli and Palestinian Representatives and Supporters Meet in Sweden

Date:3-4.3.2009

 

On March 3-4th, Israeli and Palestinian representatives and supporters met in Sweden for a seminar organized by the Olaf Palme Center.

The Palestinian delegation included PLC member Abdalla Abdalla, GI signatory Saman Khoury, PA Minister of Prisoners Affairs Ashraf Al-Ajrami and Director General of the PPC-GI Nidal Foqaha.

The Israeli delegation included MK Shlomo Mulla from Kadima party, Chairman of GI steering Committee Dr. Yossi Beilin, Mrs. Talia Sasson from Meretz and General Director of GI Gadi Baltiansky.

The parties discussed the internal political situation in Israel following the February Elections and in the PA in regards to the national unity efforts. They also discussed the role of the international community with emphasis on Sweden who is about to become the President of the EU in July. Following the Seminar, Dr. Yossi Beilin and other representatives of GI met with the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

MK Shlomo Mulla from the Kadima Party, the largest faction in the Knesset, said that this was the first time he met with Palestinian officials. He expressed his support for the Geneva Initiative and said more people would support it if they knew more about it. He said that he came to the seminar with the blessing of Tzipi Livni, Head of the Kadima Party, who expressed the importance of such meetings.