ABBAS SUGGESTS KUWAIT-LED PANEL TO GO BACK TO UNSC

CAIRO, Jan 16 — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas proposed here on Thursday the formation of an Arab committee to be led by Kuwait to thrash out a renewed effort to go back to the UN Security Council (UNSC) for another draft resolution ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

In a keynote speech addressing the extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers held here today, Abbas said a Kuwaiti-led Arab committee should be set up in order to help in Palestinian efforts to end the Israeli occupation.

This committee can comprise as members Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Palestine and the Secretary-General of the Arab League, he said.

However, he said the Palestinians would not mind having negotiations with Israel provided that there should be a clear-cut content and specific strategy.

Blaming the Israeli side for the current peace process deadlock, the Palestinian leader said: “The world has to realize that Israeli policies are wrong.”

He reiterated earlier calls for the international community to provide protection to the Palestinian people especially following the recent Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which devastates over 80,000 Palestinian houses.

For his part, Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil Al-Araby emphasized that there should be a single Arab pause for reassessing the Arab position in order to secure necessary international support for another UNSC draft resolution ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

Speaking during the ministerial meeting, Al-Araby said the gathering mainly aimed to discuss the possibility of going back to the UNSC for the purpose.

He also called for putting in place an earlier Arab resolution providing an Arab financial safety network for the new Palestinian national unity government.

SOURCE: KUNA