Arab League opposes only US role in Palestinian-Israeli talks

Arab League Chief said US is not objective in Palestinian-Israeli conflict, opposing the "only mediator system" in talks.

Arab League opposes only US role in Palestinian-Israeli talks

Arab League Chief said US is not objective in Palestinian-Israeli conflict, opposing the "only mediator system" in talks.

The United Nations must play a bigger role in trying to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the United States should not be the only mediator, the senior Arab official said.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa told Reuters, without directly criticising U.S. policy in the Middle East, that any mediator must be objective.

"There should be a change in the direction of the peace process, by having a mediator who understands the needs of the two parties, and not one party," he said.

"The United Nations role which was marginalised at a certain stage with regards to the Arab-Israeli struggle should be brought back," he added.

Moussa told Reuters on Tuesday that he trusted Obama, but added: "We must maintain the American role in the framework of other roles, European and United Nations and all countries that have links to and interests in the situation in the Middle East".

U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy George Mitchell is expected to visit the region in January. However, months of Mitchell's shuttling between the sides failed in 2009.

The United Nations is part of a Quartet of mediators alongside the U.S., European Union and Russia, but the United States, often accused of siding with Israel, has taken a leading role in the peace process.

Recently, US again bowed to Israel's refusal to stop settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank while President Barack Obama himself called only for "restraint" in
settlement, not the "freeze" he had previously demanded, a retreat from his policy.

The roadmap calls on Israel to remove all outpost settlements erected after 2001 and to stop settlement expansion, but so far Israel has not heeded the international demands for a complete settlement freeze and declared new settlement projects on the occupied lands.

The World Court has ruled all settlements illegal under international law. Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".


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