UMCE rejects Palestinian motion to oust Israel

The Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises is part of the Barcelona process aimed at creating a Mediterranean free-trade zone.

The Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (UMCE) rejected a motion by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to oust Israel from the organization. Both Israel and the PA are members.

The PA filed its first motion to oust Israel five months ago, claiming the Israeli government was harming PA businesses. That motion was also rejected.

The UMCE stated it rejected the motion because it was "a political motion, while the UMCE is not a political organization." Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Malta and Turkey are also UMCE members.

All UMCE members, except Syria and Lebanon, whose representatives were absent from the meeting, rejected the motion.

The UMCE was founded early this year as part of the Barcelona process begun in 1995 to establish a Mediterranean free-trade zone. The UMCE is funded by the EU as part of its effort to develop the Mediterranean basis following the Oslo Accords.

Published by Globes [online] - www.globes.co.il - on October 6, 2002

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