Gaddafi: US sets Arab League agenda

The US has already specified the outcome of the Arab League summit taking place in Riyadh, Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's president, has told Al Jazeera

Gaddafi: US sets Arab League agenda

He saidin an interview that Arab leaders should "stay at home" rather thanattend Wednesday's summit, which is expected to renew a peace proposal withIsrael.

"Arableaders should not attend the summit. They should stay at home - issues havealready been decided from outside," he said.

TheLibyan leader, who is boycotting the summit, said Condoleezza Rice, the USsecretary of state, "gives orders" to Arab leaders.

'USorders'

Gaddafisaid: "She gives orders to Arab leaders ... and Arab foreign ministers ...and she leads the Arab security services.

"Shebrought the decisions and the Arab summit's agenda ... Why do they [Arableaders] bother themselves and attend the summit if everything has been alreadydecided in Washington?"

TheRiyadh summit is expected to renew an offer of full peace and normal ties withIsrael, if it complies with the conditions of an Arab peace blueprint.

The plan,first adopted at a summit in Beirut in 2002, says Israel must withdraw from allArab land it occupied in the 1967 war, accept the creation of a Palestinianstate, and agree to a "just solution" for Palestinian refugees.

Gaddafisaid: "Libya has never backed the Arab peace initiative in the MiddleEast. It presented reservations over the initiative in Beirut summit in2002."

He againtalked about what he believed to be a solution for the Palestinian cause, whichis the establishment of a two-nationality state called "Isratine".

Politicalcrisis

BesidesPalestine, the Riyadh summit will also tackle other regional issues such as theIraq conflict that has divided Sunni and Shia Muslims across the region, andthe ongoing political crisis in Lebanon between the Western-backed governmentand the opposition trying to topple it.

Arableaders are also considering a proposal to forge closer military and securityties, as well as co-operation on developing nuclear energy.

PrinceSaud al-Faisal, Saudi's foreign minister, said the Arab peace initiative willhave a strong chance of winning international support and of revivingIsraeli-Arab peace talks if adopted unanimously by all Arab leaders at theMarch 28-29 summit.

Draftresolutions agreed on Monday are dominated by the Arab-Israeli conflict andappear designed to persuade Israel to open talks without altering the text ofthe peace initiative.

The drafttext obtained by Reuters calls on "all Israelis to accept the initiativeand seize the current opportunity to return to direct and serious negotiatingprocess at all levels".

Palestinianrefugees

Israelhas objected to some parts of the plan, including the proposed return to the1967 borders, the inclusion of Arab East Jerusalem in a Palestinian state, anddemands for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in what is nowIsrael.

The textis also viewed with reservations by the Islamic Hamas movement now leading thePalestinian government.

Khaled Meshaal,the Hamas leader in exile, was quoted by Saudi media as urging Arab leadersbefore the Riyadh summit not to make concessions on the demand for thePalestinian refugees to return.

Hamasdemands a right to return for all Palestinians who fled or were driven out ofwhat is now Israel during the 1948 war.
 

It hasrefused to recognise Israel but Palestinian officials say it has agreed not togo against the peace plan. The final draft avoids any mention of the phrase"right of return" for Palestinian refugees.

Instead,it calls for a just solution to the refugee problem.

It alsosets up a mechanism to promote the peace plan that could pave the way for Arabcountries with no ties to Israel to open channels of communications with Israel- a long-time goal of US administrations.

 

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