Saturday, March 27, 2010

Israeli-Palestinian peace process at critical stage, Arab leaders say

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Israeli-Palestinian peace process at critical stage, Arab leaders say

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned Saturday that peace talks would not move forward "as long as Israel maintains its settlement policy," continuing the rift in the region that began this month with Israel's intent to build housing in disputed territory.

The remarks came at the Arab Summit in the Libyan city of Sirte, where many leaders echoed Abbas' views.

"It's time to face Israel. We have to have alternative plans because the situation has reached a turning point," Moussa said.

The conference -- titled "Summit for Supporting a Steadfast Jerusalem" -- gathered 14 Arab heads of state, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Italian Prime Minister Slivio Berlusconi, among other guests.

"For too long our opponents have been able to talk about international law without being held to account," Ayalon said. "We say strongly and firmly that we have a legal right to build in Jerusalem. ...
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