Thursday, March 25, 2010

Arab summit may withdraw 2002 Peace Initiative

Terminating the Arab Peace Initiative will be on the Arab League summit's agenda in Libya this weekend, its secretary-general, Amr Moussa, said Wednesday.
Ma´an News reports that Moussa, in a statement released before traveling to Sirte, Libya, said that it was futile to continue dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following recent developments in Jerusalem, and that Israel's ´hardline stance´ would not ´push´ Arab League conveners into ´giving up on Jerusalem´
Withdrawal from the Arab Peace Initiative will be put before conveners, with all members participating this year ´without exception´, Moussa said, adding that ´most countries will be represented by the highest levels of leadership´.
´We have been following recent developments in Palestine and Israeli practice in Jerusalem. The Arab submit will review all facts and developments and we will see what the Arab League summit will yield,´ Moussa said.

The initiative, launched in Beirut in 2002, proposes to normalize relations with Israel, within the context of establishing a sovereign Palestinian state on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The decision to discuss the initiative's revocation follows a string of announcements by the Israeli government to continue settlement building and expansion in occupied East Jerusalem, including an Israeli-only unit in the flashpoint Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

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