Wednesday, June 29, 2005
JAVIER SOLANA CONVENES HIS 'SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES' - SERVES COFFEE TO PRESS
TO INTRODUCE HIS CHOSEN EMISSARIES
Recently Javier Solana has issued a general invitation to the world’s press to come to coffee on June 29th at his offices in the EU's Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, Belgium. He has convened his diplomatic corps and those combining diplomatic with military hats such as Paddy Ashdowne for an apparent in-house motivational seminar. I don’t know how much British blood Solana has (he is clearly a quarter Scottish on his maternal grandmother’s side), but he clearly seems to be keeping a stiff upper lip. His remarks to his diplomatic corps are already posted on Solana’s own website. The website today also features an invitation to the media to come meet Solana’s diplomatic team:
"The European Union Special Representatives will gather on Wednesday 29 June for a seminar in Brussels. The seminar will provide the Special Representatives with an opportunity to discuss their work and to share their experiences. The EU High Representative will introduce the seminar with a few remarks. At this event, the first of its kind, the media is invited for a coffee meeting with all the EU Special Representatives at 14h45. The Special Representatives will be available for individual talks with journalists. The meeting will take place in the Justus Lipsius building press bar. "
Solana’s words indicate he is giving his diplomatic corps (Special Representatives) a pep talk on how much the world is depending on a strong, confident Europe.
In the meantime, Solana pushes ahead full throttle with his growing European army. He has recruited soldiers from Chile and Argentina. He has signed a treaty with the Ukraine, “allowing” them to participate in EU peacekeeping and military operations. His chief cabinet officer for the military end of Solana’s duties is Nick Witney. It is sometimes alternatively spelled in the press as “Nick Whitney” as was the case with the Herald-Tribune yesterday. Solana and Witney speak of having a ‘leaner’ EU military; however, the budget has grown much fatter since I released my latest version of my CD – from 165 billion Euros to now 180 Billion Euros for a total of $218 billion United States dollars equivalent. Considering that package along with Javier Solana’s long time statements that “the plan is to use NATO assets with European control of those assets”, we have a very formidable potential package for Dr. Solana.
But of course, since its all for ‘peacekeeping,’ nobody has to to worry. Or do we? As usual, I value your comments. Enjoy what is left of your day!