First Published: 2012-12-09

 

Qatar cooks up new plans for peace to replace Arab initiative

 

Abbas tells meeting in Doha that he is opposed to Qatari plans, warning that they could lead to regional conflict.

 

Middle East Online

New roadmap?

DOHA - Qatar called Sunday at an Arab League ministerial meeting for a rethink of an Arab offer of normal ties with Israel in return for its pullout from occupied land and branded the international Quartet a failure.

"It is logical after 10 years to objectively reconsider the peace process, including the Arab initiative," said Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani, the country's prime minister.

He called for a "thorough look into developments in the region and the world, and to decide carefully on our future steps and roadmap."

Sheikh Hamad, who heads an Arab League follow-up committee, said the initiative tabled in 2002 by Saudi Arabia and endorsed by the Arab League "will not be on offer forever."

The League has proposed a normalisation with Israel in return for its pullout from occupied lands, notably the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, for his part, told the meeting in Doha that he was opposed to a withdrawal of the offer, warning that it could lead to regional conflict.

"It is not permissible to talk about sidelining the Arab peace initiative. It should stay," he said. "It is a very important initiative, and I hope that we would not every time talk about shelving it, because that would mean war.

"Are we ready for war? Personally, I say I am not," he added.

The Qatari premier also criticised the diplomatic Quartet for Middle East peace comprising Washington, Moscow, Brussels and the UN which he said had "proven to be a failure and unable to make any achievements."

He called for a "reevaluation of its performance."

 

Iran warns Saudi Arabia over possible ground action in Syria

Somalia recaptures key port of Merka from Shebab

Iran reverses mass ban on candidates for parliamentary polls

New photos reveal serious abuse of Iraq prisoners in US facilities

Thousands of Syria refugees brave bad weather at border with Turkey

Egypt returns body of Italian student Giulio Regeni

EU reminds Turkey: Keep your border open to Syria refugees

Palestinian journalist to keep up hunger strike

Iraq’s Sistani to end weekly political sermons

Shebab fighters recapture key port in Somalia

Syria regime forces close in on Daraa

Israeli leaders slam Arab MPs, refuse to return Palestinian corpses

IS jihadists rise in Libya, drop in Iraq and Syria

World powers pledge $10 billion to help war-hit Syrians

Morocco king inaugurates first solar power plant

Saudi ready to send ground troops to Syria

Israel charges cop for exposing woman's ID

Russia accuses Turkey of preparing to invade Syria

Syria talks were an inevitable failure

Saudi says Iranian pilgrims still welcome

Italy demands truth from Egypt over slain student

Fear stalks Libya's Sirte

US adds $890 million to Syria humanitarian aid effort

Tunisia lifts nationwide curfew

Two Israelis jailed for burning Palestinian teen alive

Sweden expects 100,000 asylum seekers in 2016

Turkey refuses access to Russian flight as Aleppo bombardment continues

40,000 Syrians flee Assad regime's Aleppo offensive

US implicitly blames Russia for collapse of Syria peace talks

Rome summons Egypt’s ambassador over student’s death

Israeli forces lock down West Bank town

Two Algerians 'linked to IS' arrested in Germany

Assad regime accused of undermining Syria peace talks

Top Qaeda chief killed in Yemen drone attack

EU agrees on details of Turkey refugee deal as Italy drops objections

Iraq air force receives second batch of F-16 fighter jets

Syria army secures major battlefield victory as peace push falters

Blast on Somalia airliner ‘points to bomb’

In ‘lightening’ raid, Lebanon kills, arrests 22 ISIS members

Three Palestinians, one Israeli killed in Jerusalem

Turkish court acquits academic over 'terrorist propaganda'

Syrian opposition chief arrives in Geneva to join troubled peace talks

Nigeria president warns of Libya ‘time bomb’ for Africa and Europe

Loyalists kill three Qaeda suspects in southern Yemen

Iran, Germany agree on need to cooperate against ‘terrorism’