Kouchner: EU should draft its own Middle East 'Road Map'

France has urged the European Union to draft a new Middle East 'Road Map' to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner stressed that the new plan would not be a replacement for the road map drafted by the Bush administration, but suggested that the EU present an additional plan of its own. Regarding Syria, Kouchner said it was too early for an agreement between the country and the EU, and that more progress was needed in negotiations between Damascus and Jerusalem. Earlier Tuesday, France announced that it would support the deployment of UN troops in the Shaba Farms region, in the North.