Livni to be diplomat and protester at UN

Iran, Palestinians to top FM agenda on New York City visit and speech at UN General Assembly.

September 23, 2007 23:58
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Livni to be diplomat and protester at UN

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Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will use both a megaphone outside the UN and a microphone from the podium inside the General Assembly in the coming week to warn the world of the dangers of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a nuclear Iran. Livni, who arrived in New York Sunday to take part in the annual UN General Assembly meeting, is scheduled to address and take part in a demonstration against Ahmadinejad in front of the UN on Monday being organized by a coalition of Jewish groups. Ahmadinejad also arrived in New York Sunday for the UN meeting. An aide to Livni explained her participation in the demonstration, a rare step for diplomats at her level, by saying that she felt very strongly that the world was not taking tough enough action against the Iranian nuclear program, and that this was an opportunity to sound the alarm. A week later she will deliver Israel's address inside the UN building, and again is expected to focus the attention on Iran. Prior to the demonstration, Livni is scheduled to address a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC,) a group of donors to the Palestinian Authority. This meeting is intended to prepare the ground for a wider donors' conference in December. That meeting is part of a number of steps that US President George W. Bush outlined in his July 16 speech meant to bolster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Livni is widely expected to appeal to the AHLC to work to strengthen the PA economy, but not just pour money into the PA as was done in the past. Livni met Sunday evening in New York with PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad for a one-hour private meeting that Israeli officials said was significant because it was the highest level Israeli-PA meeting since the cabinet declared Gaza "hostile territory" last week. Prior to the AHLC meeting, Livni was expected to meet Quartet envoy Tony Blair. Blair was expected to brief the Quartet, which met Sunday afternoon in New York, on the steps he felt were necessary to both bolster the Palestinian economy and the PA's governing institutions. The Quartet was expected to discuss the results of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to the region last week, and the planned upcoming international meeting on the Middle East planned for November. Livni is also scheduled to meet with an Omani official on Monday as part of a meeting on water desalination projects as part of the Working Group on Water Resources, a multilateral group set up at the Madrid peace talks and still functioning.

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