The Arab League Peace Initiative Committee has agreed on the following
position regarding the proposed International Meeting
to Achieve Peace in the Middle East
We welcome President Bush's call for an International Meeting on the
Middle East. The Arab World has called for such a meethg over a year
ago. We are keen to ensure that this American initiative is successful. For
this effort to succeed, the following issues must be addressed:
Agreement that the objective is to achieve a final and comprehensive
settlement of the Arab Israeli conflict within a specific timeframe.
The terms of reference of the proposed meeting must be UN Security
Council Resolutions 242, 338, 1379 and 1515 and other relevant UN
Resolutions, the principles of the Madrid Peace Conference, especially
the principle of land for peace, and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Establish a follow-up mechanism to ensure that the parties implement
Recognize the importance of the role of the UN in resolving this conflict.
The proposed meeting must be comprehensive in nature and include
among its participants Syria and Lebanon. Negotiations must be
activated on all tracks, and concluded within specific time-frames.
Agreement should be reached on an early date for commencing
negotiations on all three tracks. The Palestinian-Israeli track can
resume immediately, without prejudice to the other tracks. The
negotiations must address all the final status issues.
In order to ensure the success of the Israeli-Palestinian track, Israel
needs to do the following, at a minimum
1.A moratorium on settlement activities and the dismantling of
settlement outposts that it previously committed itself to doing.
2. Halting the construction of the wall. I
3. The removal of Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian
4. The lifting of the siege against the Palestinian people