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  'Gates of Hell' are Open in Iraq, Warns Arab League Chief
CAIRO - Arab League chief Amr Mussa warned that the "gates of hell" had been opened in Iraq, as ministers from the pan-Arab grouping gathered for a meeting set to be dominated by the war-ravaged country.
The draft also calls on the Arab League's 22 members to restore diplomatic relations with Iraq to the level they were at before last year's invasion "in order to bolster the political efforts being exerted by the interim Iraqi government".
Arab ministers were also expected to discuss the Middle East conflict amid renewed Israeli threats to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, as well as a UN Security Council demand for an end to foreign influence in Lebanon.
www.commondreams.org /headlines04/0914-01.htm   (673 words)

  Arab League - MSN Encarta
Arab League, informal name of the League of Arab States, a voluntary association of independent countries whose peoples are mainly Arabic speaking.
The league appoints, by two-thirds majority, a secretary general, who is in charge of the administration and financial offices, called the secretariat general.
Among the goals the league set for itself were winning independence for all Arabs still under alien rule, and to prevent the Jewish minority in Palestine (then governed by the British) from creating a Jewish state.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761558355/Arab_League.html   (446 words)

  Arab League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Arab League resembles the Organization of American States, the Council of Europe, or the African Union, in that it has primarily political aims; one can regard each of these organizations as a regional version of the United Nations.
The Arab League differs notably from some other regional organizations such as the European Union, in that it has not achieved any significant degree of regional integration and the organization itself has no direct relations with the citizens of its member states.
In turn, the memberships of the smaller GCC and Arab Maghreb Union organizations are subsets of that of the Arab League.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Arab_League   (1263 words)

 Arab League
The full name of the organization is League of Arab States, and it aims at strengthening each country as well as all Arab countries together.
The original goals of the league were to gain independence for Arab states, as well as to stop Jewish immigration to Palestine, and hinder the establishment of a Jewish state.
The headquarters of the Arab League are in Cairo, Egypt.
i-cias.com /e.o/arab_league.htm   (615 words)

 The Arab League Table of Contents
Declaration Issued by The Council of Kings and Heads of State of The Arab League at its Second Session (1964)
Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation Treaty Between the States of the Arab League
Statement by the Arab League States Following the Establishment of the State of Israel
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Peace/arablgtoc.html   (47 words)

 The Arab League - The League of Arab States
Arab League, informal name of the League of Arab States, a voluntary association of independent countries whose peoples are mainly Arabic speaking.
The Arab League has served as a forum for member states to coordinate their policy positions and deliberate on matters of common concern, settling some Arab disputes and limiting conflicts such as the Lebanese civil wars of 1958.
The Arab League has served as a platform for the drafting and conclusion of almost all landmark documents promoting economic integration among member states, such as the creation of the Joint Arab Economic Action Charter, which set out the principles for economic activities of the league.
www.arab.de /arabinfo/league.htm   (438 words)

 Arab League - Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Arab League popular name for the League of Arab States, formed in 1945 in an attempt to give political expression to the Arab nations.
The league early announced opposition to the formation of a Jewish state in Palestine and demanded that Palestine as a whole be made independent, with the majority of its population Arab.
Arab league collapse carries steep economic price: efforts to create a pan-Arab trading bloc suffered a severe setback with the abrupt cancellation of the March Arab League summit.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-ArabLeag.html   (971 words)

 Arab League. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A representative of Palestinian Arabs, although he did not sign the charter because he represented no recognized government, was given full status and a vote in the Arab League.
The constitution of the league provides for coordination among the signatory nations on education, finance, law, trade, and foreign policy, and it forbids the use of force to settle disputes among members.
The league early announced opposition to the formation of a Jewish state in Palestine and demanded that Palestine as a whole be made independent, with the majority of its population Arab.
www.bartleby.com /65/ar/ArabLeag.html   (577 words)

 USATODAY.com - Libya announces withdrawal from Arab League   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Arab League spokesman Hisham Youssef confirmed the 22-nation organization had received the official notice from the Libyans.
In Tripoli, Libyan officials said Gadhafi was unhappy with the Arab League's inability to deal with current Arab issues, mainly the standoff between Iraq and the United States and violence between Israelis and the Palestinians.
He urged the "the Arab street" to distance itself from "crippled" Mideast regimes, and called on the Arab League to cancel the Beirut initiative.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2002-10-24-libya-arableague_x.htm   (363 words)

 The Arab League Charter (Pact of the League of Arab States)
The Arab League was formed in 1945, based on the resolutions of the Alexandria Protocol, to protect Arab interests, and in particular to obtain greater freedom from foreign rule and to prevent further development of Palestine as the Jewish national home under the British Mandate.
The Arab League was instrumental in organizing Arab violations of UN General Assembly Resolution 181, and attempted to raise an army for conquest of the portion allotted to the Jews in Palestine, and, as declared by the League, for the purpose of "ridding that country of the Jews."
The purpose of the League is to draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate their political activities with the aim of realizing a close collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.
www.mideastweb.org /arableague.htm   (2195 words)

 The Epoch Times :: Tunisian Foreign Ministry: Arab League Summit Postponed 'Indefinitely'
Earlier Saturday, Arab League secretary-general, Amr Moussa, acknowledged that an agreement had not been reached, but said the foreign ministers were working toward a solution.
Arab countries have widely rejected the notion that reform could be imposed from outside, but differed over ways to promote a comprehensive plan that would still respect individual differences within nations.
The Arab League was founded in 1945 to encourage unity among Arab nations and to oppose Western trends and what the Arab League charter calls Zionist dangers.
www.theepochtimes.com /news/4-3-28/20660.html   (341 words)

 USATODAY.com - Head of Arab League condemns attacks   (Site not responding. Last check: )
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The head of the Arab League issued a strong condemnation of insurgent violence in Iraq on Thursday, trying to overcome suspicion of the pan-Arab body from the country's Shiite and Kurdish leaders on his first visit since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein.
The testy press conference was a rare public airing of differences between Arab leaders, who usually try to keep their disagreements behind closed doors and show a unified face to the outside.
That is particularly true with the Arab League, a body that is supposed to promote Arab unity but is often paralyzed by the barely papered-over disputes between its members.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2005-10-20-arab-league_x.htm   (774 words)

 The Arab League and Iraq - Council on Foreign Relations
The decision by the Arab League to empower its secretary-general, the former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa, to organize a conference on national reconciliation in Iraq is being viewed with cautious optimism.
Where previously the Arab League had been largely silent on post-Saddam Iraq, Moussa’s trip is seen as an indication that the Arab world is beginning to grapple with the implications of a democratic Iraq run by Shiites, a prospect viewed with concern by some of the Arab world’s governments.
The League soon overtook its colonial foster parent, however, and by the end of the war in 1945, it was devoting most of its energies to preventing the foundation of a Jewish state in Palestine and to containing the influence of the West.
www.cfr.org /publication/9061/arab_league_and_iraq.html   (1835 words)

 Arab Inter-parliamentary Union
It was born in the wake of the October war of 1974, as a result of the atmosphere of Arab solidarity and Arab joint action, which encouraged Arab cooperation through political, professional and other institutions.
The Constituent Conference of the Arab IPU was held in Damascus from 19 to 21 June 1974.
Since its foundation in 1974, the Arab IPU was keen to effectively participate in the activities of the IPU, especially after acquiring the status of an observer at the IPU’s 61st Conference held in Tokyo in 1974.
www.arab-ipu.org /english   (1851 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | The future of the Arab League   (Site not responding. Last check: )
While it is true that not all Arab League member states are genuinely independent, it is also true that they enjoy the requisite degree of independence that qualifies them to invoke "sovereignty", albeit more nominal than real, and to become members of the United Nations.
The Arab League is also called upon to guarantee the preservation of the Arab character of the regional system, a difficult task while its member states continue to display more disunity than unity.
The disappearance of the Arab League exposes the Arab Mashreq to fragmentation into small entities among which Israel, though not necessarily bigger in size, is bound to acquire the status of a superpower.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/638/op3.htm   (1599 words)

 Arabs to relaunch peace bid with Israel - Boston.com
Arabs will relaunch a 2002 land-for-peace offer in an effort to end the decades-long conflict with Israel at a summit later this month, but without changes Israel has been pushing, the Arab League's Secretary-General said Sunday.
Arab foreign ministers are meeting to discuss Palestinian, Iraqi, Lebanese and Syrian issues as well as Israeli nuclear weapons.
Arab foreign ministers also gave full support Sunday to a regional conference on Iraq to be held in Baghdad beginning Saturday.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2007/03/04/arabs_to_relaunch_peace_bid_with_israel   (567 words)

 Charter of Arab League
The League has as its purpose the strengthening of the relations between the member-states, the coordination of their policies in order to achieve co-operation between them and to safeguard their independence and sovereignty; and a general concern with the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.
The members of the Council of the League as well as the members of the committees and the officials who are to be designated in the administrative regulation shall enjoy diplomatic privileges and immunity when engaged in the exercise of their functions.
Each member-state of the League shall deposit with the Secretariat-General one copy of treaty or agreement concluded or to be concluded in the future between itself and another member-state of the League or a third state.
lexicorient.com /e.o/texts/political/arab_league_charter.htm   (1783 words)

 Giving Voice to the Arab League: Who Failed?
The Arab League is stigmatized and effectively ignored in the U.S. In a classic example of doublespeak, Ereli later added in regard to the League’s reaffirmation of its 2002 peace proposal, “I’m not speaking non-supportively of it.
Dismissing Arab League efforts as “anachronistic” and demonstrating “inverted logic,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman attempted to divert any substantive media and political discussion or focus from the issue that is the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel’s occupation of Arab lands.
For example, despite the League’s snub to the Jordanian normalization proposal, the March 24 editorial in Jordan’s Addustour saw the summit as a positive symbol of the united resolve of the Arab world in reconfirming the importance of the 2002 summit’s peace initiative.
www.wrmea.com /archives/May-June_2005/0505034.html   (1248 words)

 Document: The Arab Peace Initiative, 2002
Reaffirming the resolution taken in June 1996 at the Cairo Extra-Ordinary Arab Summit that a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East is the strategic option of the Arab countries, to be achieved in accordance with international legality, and which would require a comparable commitment on the part of the Israeli government,
The Council of the Arab League, which convenes at the level of a summit on March 27-28, 2002 in Beirut, affirms the Arab position that achieving just and comprehensive peace is a strategic choice and goal for the Arab states.
Complete withdrawal from the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including full withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the remaining occupied parts of south Lebanon to the June 4, 1967 lines.
www.al-bab.com /arab/docs/league/peace02.htm   (672 words)

 Libya - Arab League - Qaddafi - Worldpress.org   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Arab commentators agreed on two points: The Arab League has failed in its mission to foster greater Arab unity, and that as a sovereign nation, Libya has the right to withdraw its membership.
Arab journalists’ reactions to Qaddafi’s decision were implicitly tied to their own expectations for the Arab League.
The Arab League, formed in 1945, was intended to create a united Arab front in dealing with the pressing issues of the day, especially European colonialism in the region and the emerging conflict in Palestine.
www.worldpress.org /Mideast/822.cfm   (1632 words)

 Al Jazeera English - Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Over the years 15 other Arab countries joined the league, the last one was the Comoros in 1993, increasing the number of member states to the present 22.
The Arab League played a key role in uniting Arab countries in their handling of a number of crucial crises, such as nationalising the Suez and the 1956 war on Egypt.
Despite Jordanian objections, in 1964 the Arab League admitted the Palestinian Liberation Organisation as the representative of all Palestinians.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/0EB58F65-A6D3-4D3E-889F-9B15F172DF7D.htm   (614 words)

 Η Ελληνική Προεδρία της ΕΕ - eu2003.gr - George Papandreou at the Arab League summit, Sharm ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Addressing the 22-nation Arab League, Papandreou restated the joint decision of the 15 EU Member States of 17 February, which was endorsed by the ten acceding and 3 candidate countries, noting however that he could not be certain the EU would have a common stance in the event of unilateral military action.
In his speech at the Arab League summit, Papandreou reiterated that the settlement of the Palestinian problem was a standing priority for the EU.
In the European Union, as in the Arab League, certainly among the majority, the preference between the two views is obvious.
www.eu2003.gr /en/articles/2003/3/2/2121   (2105 words)

 Arab League - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Arab League
Organization of Arab states established in Cairo in 1945 to promote Arab unity, primarily in opposition to Israel.
In 1979 Egypt was suspended and the league's headquarters transferred to Tunis in protest against the Egypt–Israeli peace, but Egypt was readmitted as a full member in May 1989, and in March 1990 its headquarters returned to Cairo.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Arab+League   (186 words)

 Arab Charter on Human Rights
Arab Charter on Huma Rights, adopted by the League of Arab States, reprinted in 18 Hum.
Citizens have a right to live in an intellectual and cultural environment in which Arab nationalism is a source of pride, in which human rights are sanctified and in which racial, religious and other forms of discrimination are rejected and international cooperation and the cause of world peace are supported.
(1) The Charter was adopted by the Council of the League of Arab States by its resolution 5437 (102nd regular session) on 15 September 1994.
www1.umn.edu /humanrts/instree/arabhrcharter.html   (2144 words)

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