About Nicholas Lang

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About Nicholas Lang

Postby sherrimae on Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:28 pm

Can you tell us anything about Nicholas Lang, who is supposed to be the secret EU negotiator?
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Postby farmer on Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:49 pm

Nicolas Lang is a Swiss Diplomat and the "unnamed European diplomat in negotiations between Syria and Israel"
He is 45 years old.
He had a Job as Vize Chief for the political departement of
EDA (Swiss Dep. of Foreign Affairs) of dep. II for Africa and Near East.
He had been in Ramallah since 1999. Leader of the Swiss Office in Ramallah from 2001-2003.
In February 2005 he was named Coordinator for the peace process in the Near East by the Swiss Parliament (Bundesrat).
He is the head and as such representing the Geneve Initiative for Peace also named the Geneva Accord, where he had been very actice not just since.

The Geneva Accord/Geneva Initiative, is an extra-governmental and therefore unofficial peace proposal meant to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It would give Palestinians almost all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and part of Jerusalem, drawing Israel's borders close to what existed before the 1967 war. In return for removing most of the Israeli settlements in those areas, the Palestinians would limit their "right of return" to Israel to a number specified by Israel and will drop all other claims and demands from Israel.

Already in 2001 Israeli politician Yossi Beilin, one of the architects of the Oslo accords and Edward Said, a Palestinian Scientist for Literature at University of Geneva/Switzerland tried to find a solution for peace. Said does not live anymore.
A scientist from Geneva, Alexis Keller, first financed the project and brought together Yossi Beilin and the former Palestinian Authority minister Abed Rabbo. The negotiations of the two delegations was unveiled at 2003, October 12 und the name "Geneva Accord" The Accord was then officially launched on December 1, 2003 at a ceremony in Geneva. Amongst its creators are Israeli politician Yossi Beilin, one of the architects of the Oslo accords, and Yasser Abed Rabbo[/b]. Both noted that the Geneva accord doesn't oblige any of their respective governments, even though Abed Rabbo was a minister at the time of the signing.
Under the eyes of Swiss Foreign Minister Calmy-Rey 200 Israelian and 200 Palestinian personalities fom Politics, Military, Science, Culture and int. Prominence, including members of the world of entertainment, several literati and a number of Labor MKs, took part in the ceremony hosted by Hollywood actor Richard Dreyfuss. The several dozen Palestinians who attended, among them Yasser Arafat's national security advisor Jibril Rajoub, traveled to Geneva after the PA chairman gave his last-minute blessing.
Switzerland is the main donour and helped with logistics, but also European Countries and Privates contributed. The task of the Swiss diplomats Urs Ziswiler and Fritz Lang was to ensure the communiacation between the engaged persons and the logistics.

The plan, dubbed the Geneva Accord in tribute to the funding and support supplied by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, offers itself as a decisive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the plan drawn up by former U.S. president Bill Clinton after the breakdown in the July 2000 talks between former prime minister Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat.
Fifty-eight former presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other global leaders, among them former presidents Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union and F.W. de Klerk of South Africa, issued a statement expressing "strong support" for the plan. Other world leaders who voiced their backing included King Hassan III of Morocco, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt as well as Clinton, Prodi, Chirac, Mandela
Speaking at the start of ceremony, former U.S. president and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter hailed the accord as offering an end to bloodshed, while Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey dubbed it "a little light in the darkness."

At the heart of the proposal is a Palestinian concession on the right of return to lands within the State of Israel, in exchange for sovereignty over the Temple Mount. The plan also calls for an Israeli withdrawal from most of the West Bank and the entire Gaza Strip. Während einer Übergangsphase dient eine multinationale Truppe beiden Seiten als Sicherheitsgarantie. To control the fulfillment of the agreement it was forseen to send a mission from the "Quartet for peace" (UN, EU, USA and Russia). Those would name a special coordinator (which his now Fritz Lang) and send an defending army.
In devided Jerusalem Jews, Moslem and Christian would have to have a Common Council.
The proposal was met with furious disapproval by the Sharon government, which accused Israelis involved in the initiative of trying to act in place of a democratically-elected government.

Still on the same day,dec 01 after beeing present at the signing Swiss Foreign Minister Calmy-Rey flew to Maastricht to attend a OSCE minister conference and talked to Solana buddy, then OSCE boss and now NATO Chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
Calmy-Rey is the boss of Fritz Lang.

On 2004 February 02, 45 days after launching the Geneva Accord, Solana meets for talk about the Geneva Accord and lunch with Swiss Foreign Minister Mrs Michelle Calmy Rey. She talked also to Roman Prodi and Brit Foreign Minister Chris Patten.
Also present at the talks in Brussells: Beilin and Rabbo.(!)
Solana:""I want to commend both Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo for this important initiative for peacein the Middle East. I welcome all civil society initiatives of this nature and I am convinced that theAgreement they signed in Geneva last December will bring new impetus to the Middle East PeaceProcess. The "Geneva Initiative", promoted simultaneously by Israelis and Palestinians, has led to a veryintense, healthy and timely debate on both sides about the many issues related to the current conflict. This has helped to press forward possible answers for achieving peace in the region. The European Union remains firmly committed to the solutions laid out in the Quartet's Road Map.The efforts of all those involved in the "Geneva Initiative" are an important complement to the formal negotiations".
http://ue.eu.int/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/p ... /78915.pdf

After talks beteween Solana and Calmy-Rey in 2006 Nov. 06,
Solana said to the Swiss Foreign Policy concerning the Kosovo and Middle East, that "the EU and Switzerland work together very good", and:
"Switzerland plays a very special role in different dossiers,
sometimes known too litte, but very positive and constructive

http://www.swissinfo.org/ger/swissinfo. ... 2887211000

website of Geneva A.:
http://www.geneva-accord.org/Accord.asp ... 33&lang=en

more background to Geneva A.:
http://camera.org/index.asp?x_context=7 ... rticle=599
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Postby sherrimae on Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:25 pm

Thanks. Very interesting.
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