BRUSSELS (Aug. 5)
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy will meet with the foreign ministers of the 12 European Community countries here next month for crucial talks that could help shape E.C. diplomatic intervention in the Middle East.
New strains have developed over the E.C.’s announcement last month that it will open a permanent office to monitor relief operations that it pays for in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
While Israel has no objection in principle, it believes the monitoring tasks can be handled by the E.C. mission in Tel Aviv, headed by Ambassador Gwyn Morgan.
It regards the decision to open a special supervisory office as a move by the Europeans to grant the territories a separate political status.
The issue will be discussed with Levy, Belgian Foreign Minister Mark Eyskens said in an interview published in La Libre Belgique.
He said Belgium has offered its consulate in East Jerusalem to serve as headquarters of the special E.C. representative in the territories.
Eyskens also told the newspaper he had no objections to raising the status of the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Brussels.