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Arab League Asks Global Community To Help With Middle East Talks

Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League (file photo) (epa) March 28, 2006 -- Arab leaders today called on the international community to help revive Middle East peace talks and respect the result of Palestinian elections won by Hamas in January.

Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, told a summit in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, that the situation in the Middle East has deteriorated.

"In Palestine, everything is getting worse. The peace process is receding and it may even be lost," Moussa said. "The occupiers continue with their colonial policies. We were hoping that the opportunity presented by the formation of the two new governments in the Palestinian Authority and Israel will be a good chance to refresh the peace process and the Quartet should be allowed to exercise the responsibilities which it was formed for."

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the host of the summit, called on the Arab world to provide the necessary money to keep African Union peacekeepers operating in Sudan's troubled Western Darfur region.

Only 12 heads of state from the 22-member Arab League attended the opening session of the summit amid concern the summit might wrap up in only a day instead of two days as scheduled.

(compiled from agency reports)

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