October 13, 2010
League of Arab States’ Follow-Up Committee on the Arab Peace Initiative
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the Secretary General of the Arab League
Origins and Mandate:
Members of the Arab League adopted
the Arab Peace Initiative at the 2002 Beirut Summit. The document mentioned
the need to form a separate, smaller committee to gather support for the plan. Later, two groups were formed
to that end: the follow-up committee and a contact group, comprised of Egypt and Jordan, created to gain Israeli support for the plan.
Select important dates of the committee include:
- On July 25, 2007, the Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers visited
Israel where they formally presentend the Arab Peace Initiative for the first time.
- Members of the follow-up committee attended the U.S.-hosted Annapolis conference
in late November 2007, which re-launched negotiations between Israel and the PLO.
- On March 2, 2010, the committee met
and the following the day the full Arab League endorsed
a plan for Palestinians to enter into U.S.-mediated proximity talks with Israel, though the talks were delayed
because of disputes about Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem. The committee met again on May 1, 2010, and supported
the proximity talks, which began
on May 9.
- Representatives of the follow-up committee met
on July 29, 2010, and agreed to support
direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis when the Palestinians deemed the time right.
- On October 8, 2010, the committee supported
the Palestinian stance of declining further direct negotiations until the Israeli government extends the settlement moratorium, and said they would meet again in the coming weeks to discuss
any new proposals. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, chair of the meeting, denied
that there is a one-month deadline.
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