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Arabs rule out peace talks unless Israel halts settlements

Arab leaders on Sunday ruled out renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks unless Israel halts all new settlement building and urged US President Barack Obama to keep up his opposition.



Sirte (Libya): Arab leaders on Sunday ruled out
renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks unless Israel halts
all new settlement building and urged US President Barack
Obama to keep up his opposition.

At the end of a two-day summit in Libya, they called for
Obama to remain loyal to his "initial and key position" to
work to halt Jewish settlement on Palestinian land that posed
a "dangerous obstacle" to peace efforts.

The summit was dominated by Israel`s announcement earlier
this month of plans to build 1,600 settler homes in mainly
Arab east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians see as the capital
of their future state.

US efforts to broker indirect "proximity" talks between
Israel and the Palestinians were stymied by the announcement,
which came just days after the Arabs had agreed to give
negotiations another chance.

Arab leaders mulled legal and political measures to
confront Israel and adopted a resolution to raise 500 million
dollars in aid to help bolster the Palestinian presence in
Jerusalem, Arab League chief Amr Mussa said.

"The resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations
demands that Israel implements its legal commitments by
stopping all settlements in the occupied Palestinian
territories, including east Jerusalem," the final resolution
read.

PTI

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