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What's nearly ten times the size of the UK, but invisible to the naked eye?

Algeria.

Sniffing around on the UN site, I discovered this thrilling news:

"Acting without a vote, the Sixth Committee (Legal) today approved a resolution to grant observer status in the work of the General Assembly for the 25‑member Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, while also deciding to request that the General Assembly consider how best the Council of Presidents of the General Assembly could contribute its unique expertise to the Organization’s work once a resolution on recommending observer status for the group was withdrawn".

Which is nice.

The list of members given on the UN site looks like this:

"Established in Amman, Jordan, and headquartered in Malta, the Assembly had a membership comprised of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey".

A number of points spring to mind:

Serbia, Jordan and Macedonia do not have coasts, 'Palestine' is not a sovereign state, and neither Algeria nor Spain appear to be members.  Both would be in the top ten for Med coastlines.  Bosnia and Monaco might manage coastlines of a few miles each.  

A look at the PAM's site left me little the wiser, although I discovered that Algeria is a member.  Perhaps the Spaniards have the decency to refuse to chow down with Syria and Libya, something that clearly eludes the birthplace of democracy and our French chums.

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Anonymous Mother's Little Helper said... 11:26 am

As Gibraltar is British sovereign territory, can we apply to pay for this latest Roman Empire / Sarkozy soapbox? I can just picture G. Brown getting his (our) cheque book out again!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:30 am

Tempting....  



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