Arab League chief: No Israel recognition

May 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, May 24 (UPI) -- Islamic countries should make clear there will be no normalized relations with Israel until it stops breaking international law, an Arab League official says.

Speaking Sunday in Damascus, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa told reporters ahead of a meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference that Israeli "atrocities" against Palestinians in the occupied territories should be addressed before OIC countries consider normalized relations with it, KUNA, the Kuwait news agency reported.

"Response to Israeli practices should be made by announcing that there could not be processes of normalization as long as such measures continue in breach of international law," Moussa said.

Foreign ministers from the 56-member OIC were expected to call for establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and to seek an Israeli pullout of all Arab occupied territories in Palestine, Syria's Golan Heights and South Lebanon, KUNA reported.

The OIC conference, its 36th meeting, will also look at other problem areas such as Sudan, Somalia and Iraq, where Moussa said there is cooperation and coordination between the Arab League and the OIC, the news agency said.

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