PARIS (Jan. 15)
Israel and the European Community apparently are in agreement on the parameters of the international conference on Middle East regional issues scheduled to open Jan. 28 in Moscow.
The understanding was reached during Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy’s two-day visit to Lisbon this week.
He met with the Portuguese prime minister, Anibal Cavaco Silva, and with Foreign Minister Joao de Deus Pinheiro, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the E.C.’s Council of Ministers.
Pinheiro and the foreign ministers of Holland and Britain are expected to represent the 12-nation E.C. at the Moscow conference, which is the multilateral phase of the Middle East peace process that began in Madrid on Oct. 30.
Levy paid a brief private visit to Paris on Wednesday before returning to Israel.
According to his spokesman, he and Pinheiro agreed that the multilateral peace talks would include only the development of joint projects in the areas of water resources, health, the environment and refugee resettlement.