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Egypt: Emergency Arab League Summit held over Israel-Palestinian peace02:00

Egypt: Emergency Arab League Summit held over Israel-Palestinian peace

Egypt, Cairo
December 21, 2013 at 19:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Egypt: Emergency Arab League Summit held over Israel-Palestinian peace

The Arab League held a special emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday concerning developments in negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting was requested by President Mahmoud Abbas, who is the current President of the Palestinian National Authority.

Mohamed Abdel Aziz, the Libyan Foreign Minister, spoke at the event. "We once again confirm that in order to provide serious political support for Palestine," he said, "meetings of foreign ministers need to be held at all levels, for example at bilateral, regional and international levels. At the same time, we also need to provide Palestine with economic assistance."

Nabil Elaraby, the Arab League Secretary-General also spoke, arguing the "1967 borderline needs to be restored." However, he also pointed out that the "USA has requested nine months as a timeframe to do it" and "should the negotiations fail, we shall talk about it no sooner than in April, but not now."

Since September 13, 1993, when then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organisation Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands and signed what later became known as the Oslo Accords, critics argue peace is still elusive. In 1993, there were approximately 115,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied territories. However, today there are over 350,000.

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Egypt: Emergency Arab League Summit held over Israel-Palestinian peace

The Arab League held a special emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday concerning developments in negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting was requested by President Mahmoud Abbas, who is the current President of the Palestinian National Authority.

Mohamed Abdel Aziz, the Libyan Foreign Minister, spoke at the event. "We once again confirm that in order to provide serious political support for Palestine," he said, "meetings of foreign ministers need to be held at all levels, for example at bilateral, regional and international levels. At the same time, we also need to provide Palestine with economic assistance."

Nabil Elaraby, the Arab League Secretary-General also spoke, arguing the "1967 borderline needs to be restored." However, he also pointed out that the "USA has requested nine months as a timeframe to do it" and "should the negotiations fail, we shall talk about it no sooner than in April, but not now."

Since September 13, 1993, when then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organisation Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands and signed what later became known as the Oslo Accords, critics argue peace is still elusive. In 1993, there were approximately 115,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied territories. However, today there are over 350,000.