Arab, Islamic groups back Palestinian request for Security Council meeting
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 10/23/2001
The Arab and Islamic groups at the United Nations on Monday unanimously supported a Palestinian request to convene an immediate meeting of the U.N. Security Council to obtain Israel's withdrawal from recently reoccupied areas.
In a letter addressed to council president Richard Ryan of Ireland, Palestinian envoy Nasser Al-Kidwa said he strongly believes the council has an "obligation to take immediate action to ensure the full and immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from areas it reoccupied recently." "we call on the council to convene an immediate meeting with the aim of considering such action," he added. The pattern of reoccupying areas under the full control of the Palestinian authority, he said is "another indication of the Israeli intention that will probably lead to a general explosion in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Al-Quds (Jerusalem)."
Libya, which is chairing the Arab group, and Qatar, chairman of the Islamic group, sent separate letters to Ryan late Monday requesting the council meeting. No date has been set yet.
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