Moussa: Arab states committed to Saudi peace plan
Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Friday Arab states are still committed to an Arab peace plan adopted at the Beirut Arab summit in late March. Speaking to reporters after a follow-up committee meeting on the peace plan, Moussa said all participants stick to the principles of the peace initiative based on a Saudi Mideast proposal.
"The Arab foreign ministers agreed that the state of Palestine must be viable and effective with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital, and Israel must withdraw to pre-1967 borders, and there must be solutions to the issues of Palestinian refugees and Eastern Jerusalem," Moussa aired.
According to Xinhua , he said the participants also discussed US President George W. Bush's June 24 speech on the Mideast peace, which conditioned the establishment of a Palestinian state on the change of the current Palestinian leadership. "We will not accept any other framework for peace," Moussa said.
Foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine as well as Moussa attended the gathering at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.
Meanwhile, a senior Palestinian official said there would be no peace in the Middle East without putting an end to the Israeli use of force against the Palestinians. "No peace can be achieved without a complete halt to the brutal Israeli acts against the Palestinians and their villages and towns," Palestinian Minister of International Cooperation Nabil Shaath said. (Albawaba.com)
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