In his message to Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat Russian President Vladimir Putin called to start the practical implementation of the Mitchell plan. The message was sent on the occasion of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinians. "Today as never before the sides need political will and decisive steps to start the implementation of the Mitchell plan covering the key aspects of normalisation - the soonest ceasing of violence, measures of trust and the resumption of the political dialogue," the Russian President's message says.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.