Thursday, August 31, 2006

League Of Arab States

The League should take a look at how The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee would market such an initiative.

The League might even start with translating its Home Page into English for those of us who are not fortunate enough to read Arabic.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday mentioned a new Arab initiative for resuming the peace process under the aegis of the Security Council, during meetings in Jerusalem. The proposal was included in a letter circulated last week by Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa

The initiative is expected to be presented at a summit meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo next week

The letter details a new mechanism for furthering talks between Israel, the Palestinians, Lebanon and Syria. It proposes that the Security Council manage and oversee the negotiations, and that the results of these talks be brought before the world body in a year.

The proposal suggests that during the period of negotiations, all hostilities cease and the UN is permitted to impose sanctions on cease-fire violators. The letter explains that such an initiative is necessary given that all efforts to renew the peace process in recent years have failed. The letter also warns that in the absence of any progress toward a solution between Israel and the Arabs, the situation is likely to deteriorate further. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Annan that Israel intends to oppose the new Arab initiative because Israel is committed to the road map which is dead duck because of Israeli intransigence and refusal to negotiate.


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