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Friday, October 24, 2008 

Syria finally gets the EU deal

It's been on the cards for years. First it was held up because of
political wrangling in Europe but the head of the European Commission
says he expects a deal in a few months.

Javier Solana is in Damascus meeting the president.

The EU Association Agreement effectively puts Syria in the outer ring
of the EU. It is one step away from membership of the EU.

In 2010 all Association signatories will become part of a free trade
zone with Europe providing a massive boost for Syria's economy justas
the oil runs dry.

Most other EU neighbors have signed yw agreement. Syria is one of the last.

It follows Syria signing up to a high profile part of French president
Nicolas Sarkozy's Mediterranean Union earlier this year.

Are we actually coming out of the cold? -Hopefully-.
I had a walk to Bab Sharki this morning , its really beautiful there , a shop keeper told me that the President had visited recently and took Mr Solana to see the renovation , paticularly the old Jewish area where a new hotel is being built.
Further along I got back to reality where I walked through the market in Shagour , where all the nice clean streets gave way to rubbish strewn streets , theres so much that needs to be done

I cant find this anyway Sasa, can u send me a link please.

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