Arab League Calls for Halt in Normalization with Israel

Published May 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Arab League reiterated calls for a freeze in normalization with Israel in an emergency meeting Saturday held after the Jewish state's latest "aggression" against Lebanon. 

A resolution approved by the League's permanent representatives "urged Arab states which have relations with Israel in the framework of the peace process to review these ties after the aggression." 

They also called for "a halt to all Arab participation in the multilateral negotiations until there is substantial progress on all tracks of the peace process." 

The multilateral talks were revived in February in Moscow after a break of nearly four years, but a multilateral working group on water resources was cancelled last month. 

The League statement said the Israeli attacks were a "screaming violation" of the April 1996 which committed both sides to avoid targeting civilians or launching attacks from civilian areas. 

Two Lebanese civilians have been killed and 15 others injured in Israeli strikes since Wednesday that also knocked out two electricity relay stations. 

An Israeli soldier was killed and about 30 others wounded, meanwhile, in reprisal operations launched by Hizbollah fighters, who on Thursday and Friday fired dozens of Katyusha rockets at northern Israel. 

The Arab League held an unprecedented solidarity summit in Beirut after the last Israeli raids on Lebanon in February during which they called for a "review" of Arab ties with Israel -- CAIRO (AFP). 

 

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