Palestinians Renew Call for Holding Arab Summit
The Palestinians on Wednesday renewed their call for an Arab summit, after talks between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's MENA news agency reported.
"We look favorably on holding an Arab summit, even a mini summit, to discuss the future of Jerusalem after the failure of the Camp David summit," Palestinian ambassador to Cairo Zohdi al-Qedra was quoted as saying.
"The result of Egyptian-Arab contacts and Palestinian-Arab contacts will be known in the coming days," he said, according MENA.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said Monday that a mini summit was not on the cards but said Arab nations would continue to coordinate their positions at various levels.
Qedra said Mubarak was "making efforts to reach a unified Arab position supporting the Palestinian negotiators to activate the peace process and counter Israeli attempts to Judaize Jerusalem."
Jerusalem was the main stumbling block at the two-week Israeli-Palestinian summit in Camp David, which ended without agreement last week.
Qedra recalled that Mubarak was the chairman of the last Arab summit in Cairo in 1996 and the "main sponsor of the peace process in the region."
He said Arafat had briefed Mubarak on the results of his tour of Arab countries which he wound up in Egypt, as well as recent talks in France with President Jacques Chirac.
Arafat's trip to Egypt comes amid intensified Egyptian contacts in the wake of the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian Camp David summit last week – CAIRO (AFP)
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