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UPDATED: 09:58, March 26, 2006
Arab foreign ministers agree to set up peace and security council
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Arab foreign ministers agreed on Saturday to set up an Arab peace and security council as a permanent subordinate institute of the Arab League (AL) to settle disputes.

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem told reporters following an evening closed-door session of the AL Ministerial Council meeting that the Arab foreign ministers had drawn up a draft resolution and would submit it to an upcoming Arab summit scheduled on March 28-29 for approval.

"The peace and security council will take the place of the present AL mechanism of resolving conflicts to be one of the AL's main decision-making organs," the Algerian top diplomat stressed.

He explained that the idea of creating such a council came to meet the demands of the present era and imitate what had been done by other regional organizations such as the African Union.

Belkhadem, meanwhile, disclosed that the Arab foreign ministers also discussed the issue of establishing an Arab criminal court but failed to adopt a final version.

He said that foreign ministers of member states of the pan-Arab bloc decided to submit the issue to the Arab summit and ask the Arab heads of state to review the problem when they meet in Khartoum on March 28.

Source: Xinhua


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