Brahimi meets Arab League chief on Syria conference

Brahimi is in Cairo as part of Middle East tour to get support for the Syria peace conference, also known as Geneva 2.

Brahimi meets Arab League chief on Syria conference

World Bulletin/News Desk

UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met Sunday with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo.

The meeting touched on the latest efforts to hold an international conference in Geneva on the Syrian crisis.

Brahimi is in Cairo as part of Middle East tour to get support for the Syria peace conference, also known as Geneva 2.

The conference had initially been planned for late May, after having first been proposed at a Moscow meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

But amid disagreements as to who should have seats at the table, the event was repeatedly postponed.

Brahimi's spokeswoman Khawla Mattar said the date for the long-awaited peace conference in Geneva will be announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "in due time".

She added that the meeting was likely to place in the "second half of November".

But Fayez Sara, an adviser to Ahmad Jarba, the head of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), told Anadolu Agency that the coalition has not received any confirmation about the conference's date.

Arab League chief to head to Paris

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi is set to head Sunday to Paris to attend a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee.

Spokesman Nassif Hatta said the committee would hold a meeting in the French capital at the level of foreign ministers on Monday with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The meeting would address the developments of the stalled peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, Hatta said in a statement.

Under the initiative first floated in 2002, Arab nations would recognize Israel if the latter withdrew from Arab lands occupied in the 1967 war.

The plan also stipulates for the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of Palestinian refugees. In return, Israel would get full recognition from the Arab nations.

In late July, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority resumed US-sponsored peace negotiations with the self-proclaimed Jewish state following a three-year hiatus.

Talks between the two sides generally take place behind closed doors. Results of negotiations are not divulged to the media.

Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 15:44
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