Blair meets Fenech Adami
There are no second class but only first class citizens in EU
London, Downing Street - "There are no second class
citizens but only first class citizens," British Premier Tony Blair
said when asked by The Malta Financial and Business Times whether he
considered Maltas size to be a negative aspect in an enlarged
Europe. "There are many safeguards against this and Malta will
have a voice as other larger countries do.
"In todays world the interdependence on each and every nation
beckons for Maltas membership drive in the EU, this is a historical
moment and it happens only once in the life of a nation," this
Blair said when speaking yesterday at 10 Downing Street in London.
Looking tired and strained, Mr Blair met Dr Eddie Fenech Adami as they
addressed the foreign and local press. Of their half hour meeting, Mr
Blair said that the two sides had discussed bilateral relations.
Asked what he had to say about the MLPs stance on acession, Tony
Blair was non-committal but he said that he welcomed Maltas entry
into the EU and the British government stood by Malta.
"In the EU it is very well known that your negotiations were skilfully
undertaken," he said.
On his part Maltese Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami thanked the British
Premier for finding the time to meet him.
Throughout the short press conference no reference was made to Iraq
but later on at the High Commissioners residence, the Prime Minister,
together with Minister Joe Borg, briefed the press on Maltas alignment
with the EU position.
Asked about Iraq by The Malta Financial and Business Times he said,
"We have taken the position that diplomacy must take its course
and the military option, though not ruled out, will only be the last
Waiting outside in the unbearable cold, a retinue of local and foreign
journalists waited anxiously for the Maltese Premier to arrive behind
a security barrier.
Before the Maltese premier arrived. at 10 Downing Street, a group of
Church leaders, Cherie Blair carrying her shopping and Foreign Secretary
Jack Straw were ushered in.
Dr Fenech Adami was joined by Foreign Minister Joe Borg, who had just
returned from Brussels, High Commissioner George Bonello Dupuis and
his personal assistant Richard Cachia Caruana.