Monday, January 19, 2009

The Honest Steinmeier Brokers Five Point Plan For Gaza As Germany Deploys Troops To France For The First Time Since WWII

Germany proposes five-point plan to maintain Gaza truce.

Israeli troops are continuing their withdrawal from the Hamas-run Gaza strip, as a ceasefire appears to hold. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said that Israel is keen on getting out of Gaza as soon as possible, and other officials say troops should mostly be out by Tuesday. Hamas has promised to rearm irrespective of efforts to crack down on weapons smuggling. Meanwhile Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has proposed a five-point plan for the European Union to help keep the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The plan envisages the EU funding medical supplies, training security forces, providing damage assessment and a possible role at Gaza's border crossings with Israel. More than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, including 10 soldiers were killed during Israel's three-week military campaign.


Germany to deploy troops to France for first time since end of Second World War

Germany plans to deploy soldiers to France for the first time since the end of the Second World War.

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