Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Solana: Int'l peacekeeping force in Gaza is a possibility
"The European Union's foreign policy chief said Wednesday that an international peacekeeping force could possibly be deployed in the Gaza strip, though it would probably be difficult for Egypt to accept.
Javier Solana told the European Parliament in Brussels that "for the first time in many, many years, the idea of an international force" was not out of the question.
Solana said two groups in the Israeli parliament had said it may be the moment to call for such a force, at least to start with, in the south of the region where the Rafah border crossing to Egypt is located.
"We are working on that," he said. "The Israelis are also considering that possibility, the Palestinians are considering that possibility, the Egyptians are considering that possibility."
Solana said it would probably be difficult for Egypt as deployment of such a force might give the impression it was not able to control that part of the border. However, he added "I think we can still get into discussions on these issues and maybe eventually get a solution."....."
Just like southern Lebanon, NATO is getting another foothold.