Sunday, May 22, 2011

Abu Mazen calls for urgent Arab League meeting to discuss Obama's speech

Palestinian President Abu Mazen, has called an urgent meeting of the Arab League to discuss the U.S. president's speech, Barack Obama, on the borders of Israel and Palestine must be based on the limits before the 1967 war Palestinian sources reported. Abu Mazen asked the secretary general of the Arab League, Amro Musa, to convene an extraordinary conference of Arab foreign ministers to study "the contents for Obama's speech." The president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) made the request in two telephone conversations with Musa for such a meeting, in order to analyze "whether the U.S.

president's speech is something that the Arabs can work," stressed the sources. Musa made intensive contacts with Arab foreign ministers to consider the request of Abu Mazen and analyze the possibility of including in the agenda of that meeting any crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the sources added.

In a speech last Thursday, May 19, Obama said that the borders of Israel and Palestine must be based on the limits before the 1967 war and that the Palestinian people "should have the right to self-government." "The dream of a Jewish and democratic state can not be achieved through a permanent occupation," said Obama.

In response to these comments, Abu Mazen called on Israel to give "the peace process the chance it deserves," according to statements by one of his aides, Saeb Erekat, after Obama's speech. Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that his country may make some concessions in the peace process but reiterated that the borders before the 1967 war are "indefensible." A peace based on wishful thinking "will not last," Netanyahu estimated to reporters at his side as Obama in the White House.

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