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Brussels Approves "Neighborhood" Deals

Brussels has approved agreements with seven of the EU's close neighbors, in order to increase security and stabilty along its borders.

The European Commission has approved agreements with seven of its neighbors in a bid to spread stability on the EU’s borders. The Commission met on Thursday and approved wide-ranging deals with Israel, Ukraine, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. "[The deals] will prevent a new dividing line being drawn across Europe after enlargement," External Relations Commission Benita Ferrero-Waldner told journalists. One of the key points of the EU’s Security Strategy is to combat proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Foreign Ministers are expected to approve the deals on Monday when they meet in Brussels. The deals will then be formally adopted at bilateral meetings with the countries concerned. Talks on expanding the policy to cover Egypt, Lebanon Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will begin in February. (EUObserver.com)

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