Moussa says Arab peace initiative not subject for changes

The Arab countries would not budge on 2002 initiative which offers Israel diplomatic recognition in exchange for its withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Sunday.

Moussa made the remarks at an Arab foreign ministers' meeting which opened on Sunday at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

The Saudi-sponsored initiative calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state as well as the recognition of Israel in return for a complete Israeli withdrawal from all lands it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Moussa ruled out any redrafting of the document, saying any twisting and watering down of the Arab initiative will cause great harm to the Palestinian cause or even lead to new bloodshed.

Moussa's remarks came after Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Thursday comments that Israel can not accept the Arab peace initiative in its current form.

In a rare interview with the Palestinian media, Livni told "al- Ayyam" newspaper that it was impossible for Israel to accept the Arab peace initiative, primarily due to its reference to the refugees' right of return.

The initiative urges Israel to allow the return of Palestinian refugees and compensate those who do not want to return.

Source: Xinhua



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