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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Annapolis conference - and the invited parties - and what might be accompled

How many were invited to the Annapolis Middle East Peace Conference? 49 parties.  
Who was invited? (or who was not invited). See below. The list includes such countries as Slovenia, which surely has a vital stake in the Middle East. Australia, an ally of the US in Afghanistan, which presumably does have a stake in the Middle East, was not invited. Notably absent from the list are Monaco and Micronesia as well as Andorra. Almost everyone else was invited. It is hard to understand why Brazil was invited, for example, but not Argentina. Iran, which is also a Middle Eastern country, is conspicuous by its absence.

  • The United States, host, to be represented by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • Israel, to be represented by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
  • Palestinians, to be represented by Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and senior officials.

    Members of the international diplomatic quartet on the Middle East other than the United States:
  • The United Nations, to be represented by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  • European Union presidency, to be represented by Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado.
  • European Union Commission, to be represented by EU External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.
  • European Union High Representative for foreign affairs Javier Solana.
  • Russia, expected to be represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the quartet special representative to the Middle East.

    Members of the Arab League committee tasked with pursuing a Saudi initiative for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal. Of these, only Egypt and Jordan have full diplomatic with Israel:
  • Arab League, to be represented by Secretary-General Amr Moussa.
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen

    Other members of the Arab League:
  • Iraq
  • Mauritania
  • Oman
  • United Arab Emirates

    Permanent members of the UN Security Council not included in above categories:
  • Britain
  • China
  • France

    Members of the Group of Eight industrialized countries not included in above categories:
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan

    Members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference not included in above categories:
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Senegal
  • Turkey

    Other nations:
  • Brazil
  • Greece
  • India
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden

    Financial institutions invited as observers:
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • Labels:

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