Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Israel Settlement Move Against Annapolis: Saud

by Javid Hassan from Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal blasted the Israeli government’s decision to expand settlements in East Jerusalem. He said it was contrary to the principles of the Annapolis Peace Conference and added that the Kingdom took part in the conference only after being assured that such settlements would stop. Referring to the upcoming donors’ conference, the foreign minister stressed the Kingdom’s position that the aid should be extended to all Palestinian territories without exception. Furthermore, Israel should help overcome all obstacles that stand in the way of the Palestinian people, alleviate their sufferings, and “most importantly, lift all blockades imposed by Israel and (help secure the) release of all Palestinian financial entitlements with Israel.” The Kingdom said “normalization” of ties with Israel would only come with a final peace settlement that includes the return of all occupied Arab land. The foreign minister called on the Palestinian government led by the Fatah faction and Islamist opposition group Hamas to set aside their differences.

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