Cairo: The Arab League`s new chief is calling
his grouping "impotent" in the face of uprisings in the
Nabil Elaraby took the helm of the 22-member Arab League
in June. He told Arab foreign ministers in Cairo today that
criticism of the organisation is "harsh" but justified.
Elaraby said the Arab League has been ineffective in
dealing with uprisings across the Mideast this year. He said,
"It became impotent in the face of any crisis which strikes
Arab states and threatens their people."
He pledged to restructure the organisation and promote
bilateral accords between its members. "This is the biggest
challenge the Arab League is facing," he said.
The league is an umbrella group of Arab countries in the
region and has observer status at the United Nations.