EU working on reply to row with Egypt over vote on ME nuke free zone

October 18, 2007 19:26

European Union members are drafting replies to a protest letter from Egypt, which expressed "astonishment and regret" at the union's refusal to endorse Cairo's call for a Mideast nuclear free zone, a German diplomat said Thursday. The EU currently has "elements for a reply that have been agreed upon" as the basis on which the letter - made available Wednesday to The Associated Press - will be answered, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. "EU member states will now, on that basis, individually reply to the letter," he said. "The concrete agreement was everyone would decide on their own ... how to respond."

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