Arab League threatens to take negotiations to Security Council

Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary-General, has threatened to take peace talks to the United Nations Security Council.

In a lecture given at the the International Diplomatic Academy in Paris, Moussa said, “There are other alternatives such as resorting to the UN Security Council, not necessarily to announce the establishment of a Palestinian state, but for negotiations according to internationally recognized standards.”

“Almost 20 years have passed since the launch of Madrid peace conference in 1991. Therefore, we need to change the way we deal with the Palestinian case,” he added. "We cannot talk about establishing a Palestinian state while Israel is building settlements which change the situation and make it hard to establish a Palestinian state.”

Moussa criticized the Knesset’s bill on holding a referendum before the Israeli withdrawal from Eastern Jerusalem or the Golan Heights in Syria. He said the bill poses a new obstacle to reaching any peaceful compromise.

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