Mediterranean, European security conference opens in Jordan

October 28th, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Amman, Oct 28 (DPA) A regional conference on security cooperation between Mediterranean and European countries has opened in Jordan’s capital with the participation of 56 states.The two-day meeting entitled “Regional Security: the Mediterranean as a Model” is sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Jordan government.

The meeting is designed to boost cooperation between OSCE and states in the region particularly in the sphere of combatting terrorism.

The discussions will also focus on military and political aspects pertaining to security and regional cooperation, the link between security and environment, human rights, tolerance and culture.

Opening the conference, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Salah Bashir urged the international community to “shoulder its responsibilities” in implementing the resolutions of the Annapolis conference.

The conference, which convened in November 2007, envisaged the conclusion of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians before the end of 2008.

Bashir said that the Palestinian Authority was invited to attend the security meeting as an observer.

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