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2010-12-08 16:26:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, made the following statement: "I note with regret that Israel has not been in a position to accept an extension of the moratorium as requested by the US, the EU and the Quartet. The EU position on settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. Recent...

2006-06-16 16:29:59

By David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday on an aid scheme for Palestinians bypassing the Hamas-led government and the United States said it was close to "substantial agreement" on the plan. "The European Council has endorsed our proposal for a temporary international mechanism," European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin told a news briefing of an agreement by the bloc's 25 member states at a summit in Brussels. She said the EU was now "very, very...

2006-06-16 13:04:53

By David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday on an aid scheme for Palestinians bypassing the Hamas-led government and said it was close to winning the backing of the United States and other Middle East peace brokers. "The European Council has endorsed our proposal for a temporary international mechanism," European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin told a news briefing of an agreement reached by the bloc's 25 member states at a summit in Brussels. She...

2006-03-28 06:38:47

By Suleiman al-Khalidi KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Arab leaders, at an annual summit in Sudan on Tuesday, promoted an offer of peace with Israel in return for land and criticized threats to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority when Hamas Islamists take office. As Israelis voted in an election which could decide whether Israel unilaterally defines its borders with the Palestinians, Arab heads of state rejected unilateralism and called for a return to Middle East peace talks sponsored by...

2006-03-15 12:59:36

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The envoy for international mediators in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, James Wolfensohn, threatened to quit on Wednesday because his mandate and backing were unclear after Hamas won an election. Wolfensohn, the former World Bank head, had been charged by the Quartet brokers -- the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations -- with raising funds for Palestinians after last year's Israeli pullout from Gaza. But following...

2006-03-15 10:42:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Wolfensohn, the envoy for major international brokers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said on Wednesday he was considering quitting because his mandate remained unclear weeks after Hamas won an election. Wolfensohn, the former World Bank head, had been charged by the Quartet brokers -- the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations -- with raising funds for Palestinians after last year's Israeli pullout from Gaza. Following the...

2006-03-14 09:41:50

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Syria are both trying to persuade the Palestinian group Hamas to fulfil steps laid out in the road map toward Middle East peace, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Speaking after talks with Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem, who earlier met President Vladimir Putin, Lavrov also said Russia's controversial arms sales to Damascus were in full agreement with international conventions. "Russia and Syria are doing...

2006-03-07 12:59:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday he was hopeful after talks with Hamas in Moscow this week that the militant Palestinian group would endorse the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" peace accord. Speaking at a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lavrov said that "we ... heard from them that they would be ready to express their position on the road map and to hopefully endorse the road map as drafted by the...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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