Gulf states back Saudi peace plan

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  • Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 23:15:07 -0000

Six Gulf Arab states have hailed the peace plan for the Middle East put
forward by Saudi Arabia and urged Arab leaders to adopt it. 
Foreign ministers of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) said in a
statement that they backed peaceful "coexistence" with Israel. 
 
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Under the plan, Arab states would normalise relations with Israel in
return for a withdrawal of Israeli troops from Arab territory occupied
in the 1967 war. 

The peace plan would "enable Arab states and Israel to coexist and
ensure a secure future, prosperity and stability for future
generations", the statement said. 

The ministers, who were meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, said they
would promote the initiative within the international community. 

In particular, they will ask for it to be adopted at an Arab League
summit to be held in Beirut later in March. 

The BBC's Heba Saleh reports from Cairo that the proposal mooted by
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah has yet to be published. 

There are also now suggestions that the offer to Israel has been watered
down to full peace with the Arabs rather than normal relations. 

The implication, our correspondent says, is that while there would be
diplomatic relations, contact between people could be restricted. 

Crown Prince Abdullah is expected to spell out the initiative more
clearly at the summit in Beirut.

Source: BBC

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