The foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt met with two senior Palestinian officials in Aqaba Tuesday and called for a force of international observers to be deployed in the Palestinian territories.
They also called for the international commission created to investigate the violence in the territories to begin their job "immediately."
The meeting, proposed by Jordanian King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, brought together Jordan's Abdel Ilah Khatib, Egypt's Amr Moussa, as well as Mahmoud Abbas and Saeb Erakat for the Palestinians.
Following the talks, Moussa said "the Intifada is a legitimate act that ought to be supported because it is an uprising of a people against an occupation force that uses force contrary to international law."
Moussa also said that the four men concluded that an "Israeli withdrawal from the (Palestinian) territories and an end to their blockade would constitute a first phase that could lead to positive results."
King Abdullah told Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Sunday that he would make a maximum effort to bringing about a resumption of dialogue between the Palestinians and Israel and to restore calm to the territories.
The king spoke with Arafat by telephone shortly after the Palestinian leader returned from talks with Mubarak in Cairo aimed at finding a way to end the violence that has cost nearly 300 lives since late September.
Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries to have signed a peace agreement with Israel.
Egypt withdrew its ambassador from Israel last week to protest the Jewish state's excessive use of force to suppress the Palestinian uprising and Jordan reaffirmed its decision not to replace its recently retired envoy -- AQABA, Jordan (AFP)
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