Kouchner: E.U. should talk to Hamas


The European Union should find a way to talk to Hamas, said France’s foreign minister.

Bernard Kouchner spoke about the challenges facing the Middle East in a wide-ranging public interview Tuesday with Roger Cohen of the The International Herald Tribune during the opening of the Forum for New Diplomacy in Paris.

Though the EU has refused to have contact with Hamas since it is a terrorist organization, Kouchner said he hoped the EU would find a way to talk to Hamas.

“I’m looking for a diplomatic way to say yes,” he said during the conversation.

Kouchner also said he was in favor of Hamas and Fatah holding unity talks.

During the interview, Kouchner said that the United States’ image and standing overseas has taken a beating over the ongoing Iraq war and that “the magic is over.”

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