The French-inspired Mediterranean Union has got off the ground with its first summit in Paris, and already success is being claimed on a number of fronts.
Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak are the co-hosts, and they congratulated everyone taking part for their committment to the Union’s goals, and for peace in the region.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the facts speak for themselves, the pictures tell the story. For four hours everyone discussed, spoke, and agreed. I don’t need to tell you it was very moving and important for me. We dreamed of the Mediterranean Union. It’s now reality,” said Sarkozy.
Critics say it will be just another talking shop, but Sarkozy was able to announce six concrete infrastructural projects that will begin shortly, and for which, crucially, he felt funding would not be a problem. The potential of the region’s population was immense, he added. It only needed peace and security to unlock it.