Conditions unfavorable for tetra partite summit
Egypt, Politics, 10/13/2000
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa asserted that the current conditions are not ripe enough for holding a tetra partite summit comprising Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. "Israel is still besieging the Palestinian self-rule areas. This is not a unfavorable condition for holding a fruitful summit," added Moussa.
Moussa asserted also that a tetra partite summit would not be held unless the Israeli siege on the Palestinians is lifted, all military operations stopped and tanks and troops surrounding the Palestinians pulled back.
"In the absence of the Security Council activities, it is necessary to find guarantees and restrictions that would prevent the recurrence of similar acts and offer security and reassurance to the Palestinian people" said Moussa.
The Foreign Minister made it clear that the objective of a tetra partite summit, attended by President Mubarak and US President Clinton, was to assure that such aggression on the Palestinian people and provocations committed by Ariel Sharon, which ignited the clashes, would not be repeated.
"The tetra partite summit would not be crowed with success unless all these conditions are agreed on and abided by," said Moussa. He added that all relevant measures should be taken first, especially the withdrawal of Israeli forces and lifting maritime and land siege imposed on the Palestinian people.
Moussa also highlighted the current intensive contacts between Arab leaders and Foreign Ministers to prepare the agenda of and set the scene for the Arab summit in view of the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
He pointed out that contacts and consultations are made on both bilateral and multilateral levels.
"Coordination between Cairo, Damascus, Riyadh to secure a well preparation for the Arab summit witnesses feverish activities, including meetings at the level between Arab Foreign Ministers" Moussa elaborated.
"One of the three capitals will host the meetings of the respective Foreign Ministers over the coming few hours, noting that consultations would include all Arab countries" Moussa concluded.
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