EU commissioner urges Obama to take up Middle East peace talks

Other News Materials 28 November 2008 20:04 (UTC +04:00)

EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner Friday urged US president-elect Barack Obama to instantly take up the Middle East peace process when in office, reported dpa.

Speaking in Prague after meeting Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, the commissioner said "that the new American administration immediately should take this issue up."

"I don't think we should wait again for the second term of American administration. It is high time to do something, because otherwise things could get worse," she said.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed at a US-sponsored international peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in November 2007 to complete final settlement negotiations by the end of the year, before the Bush administration left office.

However, the White House acknowledged earlier this month that it is no longer attainable.