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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

'Land for peace Iraq'

Al-AP is reporting today that following up on the Baker - Hamilton Commission report on Iraq, eight 'moderate' Arab countries are going to offer US Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice a 'land for peace Iraq' deal when she meets with them in Kuwait on Tuesday.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak said he wrote a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush urging him to help resume the peace process. Mubarak, a U.S. ally, will "offer a vision, ideas and proposals" to Rice when they meet on Monday, his spokesman, Suleiman Awaad said Saturday.

"We have a clear vision for a political horizon that will provide an opportunity to reach a just and comprehensive peace settlement," Mubarak was quoted as saying Sunday in the state-owned Rose El-Youssef newspaper.

"It is high time that the Palestinian cause be given a push, which will open the door for other tracks,' he added, referring to the deadlocked peace talks between Syria and Israel.

Arab diplomats said Mubarak's views -- shared by other key regional leaders -- will be presented forcefully to Rice when she meets the Arab foreign ministers in Kuwait.

"She will listen to one voice that if the United States wants Arabs' help in Iraq they should help them in Palestine," said one Arab diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

Mamoun Fandy said in the Saudi Arabian-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that Arabs must "name names and say clearly that the new equation in the region is 'Land for Iraq."'

"Arabs have no interests to be engaged in the Iraqi file without reaping the fruits in the Palestinian file," wrote Fandy, the president of Fandy Associates, a Washington, D.C. based research group which is believed to express Saudi thinking.


Sunni Muslim leaders in the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan appear terrified at the prospect of a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and all-out civil war there. But they are cool to Shiite-dominated rule in Iraq and are pushing for a larger share of power by Arab Sunnis there.
On the one hand, they have no interest in helping out in Iraq unless the US satisfies them regarding the 'Palestinians,' but on the other hand, they are 'terrified' of a civil war in Iraq. When will the Bush administration decide it has had enough of this double talking nonsense?



At 7:51 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...

Egypt is a Sunni State.

There is a Sunni, Shia war in Iraq and Iran is menacing.

They need American help. These are opening negotiations in the bazaar. The price is rediculous.

Egypt and the rest of the Sunnis are desperate. They will ultimately take what they can get.


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