Algeria summit ends: Arab leaders revive peace plan, back Syria
Arab leaders on Wednesday concluded a two-day summit with a decision to better promote a 2002 peace plan for Israel by sending a committee to explain it to Europe, the United States and other nations.
The plan offers normal relations to Israel only in exchange for its full withdrawal from occupied Arab territory, the creation of a Palestinian state and settlement of the Palestinian refugee issue.
In the final declaration, the Arab leaders also expressed their "full support with Syria against the so-called Syria Accountability Act" - a U.S. law that imposed economic sanctions on Syria last year. "This is a violation of international law it is a stance against the logic of dialogue," said Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who read out the declaration.
Arab leaders promised continued reforms, development and modernization to strengthen democracy, human rights, the role of women and civil society.
The 22-member Arab League also decided to establish - on a transitional basis - an unelected consultative body that leaders have dubbed an "Arab parliament." They also decided to amend the charter of the 60-year-old league to improve its decision-making procedures.