Egypt skeptical on U.S.-backed meeting

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said there is no clear agenda for the upcoming U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference and warned that without proper preparations, it will be a failure.

Egypt skeptical on U.S.-backed meeting
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said there is no clear agenda for the upcoming U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference and warned that without proper preparations, it will be a failure.

"Until now, I personally see that there is no clear agenda and I don't even know if it will be a conference or a one-day meeting as some circles recently talked about," Mubarak told reporters in response to a question about the conference.

"The thing that I most fear is that the lack of acceptable preparations will lead to no results," Mubarak said while touring industrial projects in the southern Egyptian town of Sohag.

Mubarak's comments echo those made by Arab foreign ministers who met in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Wednesday to develop a unified stand toward the conference. They demanded that the meeting work toward a final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians rather than simply be a diplomatic show.

Mubarak warned the conference should not be another lost chance similar to previous meetings. He said that if the conference failed to produce a breakthrough, the negative repercussions would affect the whole region, increasing feelings of frustration and strengthening extremism.

AP
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