Common Market Foreign Ministers, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday (20 November) re-affirmed strong support for their recent Middle East policy declaration.
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Background: Common Market Foreign Ministers, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday (20 November) re-affirmed strong support for their recent Middle East policy declaration. But they decided on no new major diplomatic initiative.
The Ministers, meeting at the Christiansborg Palace, examined the Middle East situation and the related oil supply crisis, and agreed to follow a common line in the future. It's believed that the meeting will not result in a new move to proclaim solidarity with Holland, which is the only EEC country under a total Arab boycott for its allegedly pro-Israel attitude. The Ministers were said to have discussed a proposal for individual countries to use their influence with the Arabs to stress that the Community as a whole had signed the declaration calling for Israel to withdraw from occupied territories, therefore absolving Holland from discriminatory measures.
The meeting also set the scene for December's Common Market summit meeting, clearing any differences over who should take part. It was apparently agreed that the summit should retain the informal character proposed by French President Georges Pompidou, so that Heads of Government can confer with the minimum number of people present. But Foreign Ministers, it seems, will be present during part of the meeting, to be held on December 14th and 15th.