Iran and Pakistan to form joint rapid reaction force at border: Rouhani    Sudan's military council warns against road blocks as protests continu    Egyptians cast ballots in 3rd and last day of referendum voting    Palace have no intention of selling 'happy' Zaha, says Hodgson    Young confident misfiring Man United will be ready for City    Silva wants Everton to push on after victory over Man United    Airstrikes hit Tripoli, Mitiga airport reopened    More than 207 killed, over 400 injured in terror attacks in Sri Lanka    Egypt considers establishing freight, maritime transport company with Africa    Sustainable agriculture is an engine for accelerating growth in Egypt: FAO    Monthly decline in Shell's production from Borollos, Rasheed fields of 10m cubic feet of gas    Trade exchange between Egypt, Tunisia to increase to $500m    Boyfriend Champions Minimal, Gender Fluid Basics    7th AMF: Calls for Media Literacy's integration into schools, universities' curriculum    Average spending of tourists in Luxor during current season amounts to $70 per night: Osman    No reports of voter bribery during referendum: Egypt's NEA    Cairo Copts celebrate Palm Sunday    Saudi Arabia says 4 gunmen killed in attempted attack    Egypt's Sisi receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks in Cairo    Low turnout in 2 days of constitutional referendum in Europe, North America    Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen wants to keep winning streak going    Eintracht Frankfurt, a perfectly balanced club    EU's Juncker warns of no-deal Brexit amid uncertainty    Moderate voter turnout in Dakahlia, Qena in first day of referendum    What Egyptians think about constitutional referendum?    A German village goes it alone on climate protection    Cultural tourism in Egypt thrives due to archaeological discoveries: Al-Mashat    Egypt's Finance Ministry auctions T-bills worth EGP 18.5bn    New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed    Sleep myths may hinder good sleep and health    Egypt's economy: Reining in inflation    Uber adds new feature for female drivers to drive only women in Saudi Arabia    Made in Germany, heard in Spain: The Leon cathedral organ connection    Reining in inflation    The final draft    Towards the referendum    Sudanese demand ‘legitimate change'    Caught in the middle?    Escaping expenses    ‘I don't want sympathy'    Expected exit    Spectacular scene, favourable draw    Flight prices go sky high    Bundeli Kala Parishad troupe's Indian folk dance show at Al-Gumhouriya Theatre is a must go    Paris' Notre Dame    Screen blues    Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame    In the company of the philosopher Roshdi Rashed in Paris    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Arab peacekeeping troops discussed in Libya summit
Published in Daily News Egypt on 25 - 01 - 2007

Consultations held over regional issues
CAIRO: The idea of sending peace keeping troops to Darfur and Sudan was on the agenda of the Libya-hosted summit which brought together the leaders of Egypt, Algeria and Libya, analysts have said.
"Questions were asked and points of view exchanged in the summit over the possibility of sending Arab peace keeping troops to Darfur and Somalia, Hassan Abu Taleb, head of the international relations unit at Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies told The Daily Star Egypt.
He added: "Discussion centered on in case this was to be done, under what conditions are the troops to be sent? And would it be under the umbrella of a UN peacekeeping force or an African Union one? And would there also be attempts to broker agreements to cease the fighting?
Libya hosted a summit with other Arab-African leaders on Tuesday to discuss regional issues, mainly Sudan and Palestine. The meeting precedes by days a wider African Union summit in Addis Ababa and also precedes an Arab summit to be held in Riyadh in March.
President Hosni Mubarak told the Mena news agency "I am going to participate in the limited summit of five heads of states. Mubarak added that the summit was a Libyan initiative by Moemmer Qaddafi to explore the issues of the surrounding region.
Abu Taleb said "Arab countries have a right to meet to discuss regional issues. These meetings have a limited aim, which is to share opinions. Egypt is interested in the regional issues, whether in Iraq, Palestine or Somalia.
He added that "Egypt wants to bring a comprehensive solution for Palestine to the agenda, so of course it will discuss this with its neighbours. This is especially paramount in light of a recent belief that the US is looking for an Arab initiative on Palestine.
Ahmed Thabet, professor of political science at Cairo University, had previously told The Daily Star Egypt that "This summit will center on consultation, because the countries involved have not contributed effectively to the handling of any of the problems.
Thabet added that Libya's diplomatic efforts in Africa had come to no avail and that "Egypt has rescinded its role in the African continent, and that is due to the current regime. It can no longer do anything more than hold talks and attempt to mediate.

Clic here to read the story from its source.