ARAB AFFAIRS - Oct. 21 - League's Cairo Summit.
The 2-day emergency Arab League's summit convenes in Cairo,
with President Mubarak's opening speech hitting hard at Israel for
having escalate the violence against the Palestinians. Saudi Crown
Prince Abdullah says in his speech: "The United States of America in its capacity as the sponsor of the peace process has a special
responsibility for the collapse of this process". He proposes a $1
bn fund to back the Palestinian struggle and pledges that the Saudi
contribution will be 25%. A preparatory meeting of the League's
foreign ministers ended on Oct. 19 with Egyptian FM Moussa telling
reporters: "It is obvious that peace (with Israel) means the return
of all occupied Arab lands". Syrian FM Shara urged Arab states to
end all ties with Israel and even ban handshakes between Arabs and
Israelis. But he rejected any call for war, saying: "It is natural
that here we are to speak about people and not about something
else". Behind the scenes, moderate Arab leaders press for well
balanced resolutions that must be signed by all the attendees on Oct.