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Arab League Summit in Libya (March 2010)
Arab leaders have begun their annual summit to discuss Middle East peace and other issues in Sirte, Libya Saturday. The Israeli-Palestinian crisis was at the top of their 27-item agenda. The Arab League was founded in Cairo in 1945 by Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Transjordan (Jordan from 1946), and Yemen. There was a continual increase in membership during the second half of the 20th century, with additional 15 Arab states and 4 observers being admitted.
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"We cannot resume indirect negotiations as long as Israel maintains its settlement policy and the status quo," Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said.
"When you have any endeavour you weigh your options: the option of success, the option of stalemate, the option of failure, and Arabs are very, very, very serious they are sending very strong messages from this summit and from other meetings," Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erekat said.
"We have to study the possibility that the peace process will be a complete failure," Amr Moussa, the Arab League chief, said in his opening speech. "It's time to face Israel ... We have accepted an open-ended peace process but that resulted in a loss of time and we did not achieve anything and allowed Israel to practise its policy for 20 years." (...) "I realize that some are worried about Iran but that is precisely why we need the dialogue," Moussa said after he urged the 22-nation bloc on Saturday to engage Iran directly over concerns about its growing influence in the region and its disputed nuclear program.
"We say strongly and firmly that we have a legal right to build in Jerusalem and those that seek to enshrine the 1949 Armistice Lines, the so-called Green Line, as a border, have not understood history nor legal precedence," Danny Ayalon, Israel's deputy foreign minister, said. "We call on the Palestinian Authority to cease living in delusions of forcing Israel to the pre-1967 lines and to come and join us at the negotiation table without preconditions."
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