On Wednesday, ‘s acting ambassador, who currently chairs the Arab Group at the United Nations, formally requested that the U.N. Security Council hold a ministerial meeting in September to launch a new effort to settle all Arab-Israeli conflicts and restore peace to the
In a letter to the council president Wednesday, ‘s ambassador to the United Nations, asked the council to hold an open meeting between Sept. 19-25 when ministers will be in
Omer Bashir Manis, the Sudanese envoy, said the request was in accordance with a decision of Arab League foreign ministers on Aug. 20 who want the ministerial meeting "to consider the settlement of the Arab-Israel conflict on all issues," according to an unofficial translation.
The Arab League says a settlement should include establishing a Palestinian state, settling the Golan Heights issue with , and promoting peace with after this summer’s brutal 34-day war.
‘s U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman said last week he doubted a new Arab League initiative would fairly consider ‘s security needs, insisting the "road map" for peace unveiled in 2003 remained the only viable option.
The "road map" was drafted by the U.N., the , the European Union and and aimed to establish a Palestinian state by 2005. But it, as with many other "peace initiatives", has languished amid repeated Israeli assaults on the Palestinian people
The Arab League is working on proposals for a new initiative and Mahmassani said one of the basic elements will be the Arab Peace Initiative launched by and adopted by the Arab summit in
The Arab peace plan calls on to withdraw from all territory captured in the 1967
Under the plan, would receive full recognition once it fulfills the Arab conditions.