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EU Vows to Play Peace Role Despite Israeli Rebuke

The European Union’s top diplomat vowed Friday that the EU would play a role in Middle East peacemaking “like it or not,” despite Israel’s rebuke for backing a U.N. resolution against its West Bank barrier. The pledge by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana followed talks Thursday in which Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned him there would be little chance of EU involvement in the peace process without a drastic change in the European position. Rocky relations between Israel and the EU have hit a new low since the 25-nation bloc voted for a Palestinian-sponsored General Assembly resolution demanding that the Jewish state heed a World Court ruling calling on it to tear down the barrier. Full Story

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