SIRTE, Libya: Arab League leaders have announced their support for the Palestinians’ decision to stop direct talks with Israel unless the Israelis agree to halt all settlement construction in the West Bank. On the other hand, the ministers, who held preliminary talks the other day in Libya, in a statement after the meeting said that they would give the US another month to find a way to break the impasse.
The decision represents a compromise as the US struggles to prevent a total collapse of direct negotiations between the two sides that began last month. Some Arab countries are proposing that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, return to indirect negotiations to avoid a total breakdown of Middle East peace.
Meanwhile, Amr Moussa, the Arab League secretary-general, said the Israeli stance is not helping efforts to return to the negotiating table. -SANA