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A.L urges united Arab stance on Gaza
« on: December 31, 2008, 11:03:03 AM »
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has called on Arab states to take a stance on the deadly Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip.
Addressing a summit of 22 Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday, Mussa said that Arabs should adopt a united stance against the attacks while calling on Palestinian factions to reconcile in a time of crisis.

“The weakness of the Arab position, and the divisions within the Palestinian ranks have all led to this disregard of the Arabs (internationally)," he said.

"We call on our Palestinian brothers to hold an immediate reconciliation meeting," the secretary general told the pan-Arab bloc.

The Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has killed at least 390 people, including 42 children, and wounded more than 1,900 others since Saturday.

Failing to condemn the Israeli onslaught, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal slammed the ongoing division between Hamas in Gaza and Mohmud Abbas's Fatah in the occupied West Bank, saying such a division has opened the door to Israel's attack.

“It's time for Palestinian factions to hold a decisive meeting that will lead to (forming) a government of national unity,” Faisal said.

For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said his country is proposing a package to end the fighting. The proposal includes an immediate cease-fire and the reopening of the crossings to the besieged costal sliver.

The package also includes the deployment of European and Arab observers to oversee that the truce is being fully implemented by both Hamas and Israel.