UK: Javier Solana flown to Beirut for talks

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is being transported to Beirut for talks over the dramatic escalation in Middle East violence, Britain's Defense Ministry said Sunday. Solana is being flown from a base in Cyprus to Lebanon by British military helicopter, but defense officials said they were not aware who the official was due to meet for discussions. "At the request of the EU presidency, UK helicopters are flying Javier Solana to Beirut for talks," said a Defense Ministry spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.