Arab League chief calls on United States to resume role of ''honest broker'' in Mid-East conflict
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said he called upon Washington to stop siding with Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians and resume the role of "honest broker."
Moussa said he informed visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage "of the Arab view that the situation in Palestine is at an impasse.
"And that stirs great anger among the Arabs and will lead to serious consquences," Moussa said Tuesday.
"We must settle this question in a serious and objective way, and not with the aim of satisfying one party, which is Israel, at the expense of the Palestinians," he added.
"The situation is blocked until the United States resumes its role as honest broker," he said. "The Arab League wants the United States to play this impartial role again and not to be aligned completely with Israel."
He also said he told Armitage of "Arab concern over the situation in Iraq and added that as long as there is an occupation, there will be a resistance, whether in Iraq or in Palestine."
Furthermore, with regards to the situation in Iraq, Moussa stressed the need "to return power to the Iraqi people as quickly as possible by drafting a constitution quickly, holding elections, forming a government and drawing up a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq." (Albawaba.com)