2000 News Story
 

10/22/2000
Crown Prince Abdullah addresses Arab Summit in Cairo

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and

head of the Saudi delegation to the extraordinary Summit meeting of heads of state of the League of Arab

States left Cairo yesterday following the issue of its communiqué.


In his address to the Summit yesterday, Crown Prince Abdullah referred to the Summit as representing the

hopes and pains of the Arab peoples, saying: "As we are the representatives of the Arab world, we should

do our best to realize its aspirations", adding: "Those who believe in Islam as their religion, and believe in

Arabism, and who are owners of a bright history, will never tolerate any dishonorable offer or accept any

compromise in their beliefs."
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he said "does not think that solutions come through undermining facts,

overlooking our current situation, or by containing Arab and Islamic anger." Crown Prince Abdullah

pointed out that the meeting had been convened in circumstances that are not only critical, but full of

threats and the probability of dragging the region into a new era of violence and instability, saying "The

choice is between submitting in disgrace to a battle imposed on us without our being capable of fixing its

time, place and weapons, and standing firmly and determinedly while adhering to our principles and

legitimate rights." The option, he said, should not be submission to any political or military pressures, but

independence in word and deed. He went on to say that Arab support for their Palestinian brothers should

not be confined to political and moral matters, but should be through all possible means.
Proposing the establishment of a fund to be called 'The Fund of the Jerusalem Intifada', with a capital of

U.S. $200 million, the Crown Prince said such a fund would be for the families of Palestinian martyrs killed

during the intidafa, in particular the care and education of their sons. He also proposed another fund, to

be called 'The Al-Aqsa Fund', with a capital of U.S. $800 million, for the purpose of financing projects to

help preserve the Arab and Islamic characteristics of Jerusalem, and to enable the Palestinians to liberate

themselves from dependence on the Israeli economy. The Kingdom, he said, would contribute one quarter

of the required capital for both of these funds. In addition, Saudi Arabia will undertake the support of one

thousand Palestinian families from among those of the martyred and the injured.
Crown Prince Abdullah made it clear that East Jerusalem cannot be compromised as an Arab and Islamic

cause, stating: "We view East Jerusalem as an indivisible part of the occupied Arab territories that are

covered by the resolutions of the United Nations' Security Council. The responsibility for preserving

Jerusalem and liberating the occupied territories is our collective responsibility, and we will never be

capable of shouldering this great responsibility without closing our ranks, overcoming our differences, and

confronting those who try to undermine our solidarity and divide our ranks."
The Crown Prince went on to urge the United States of America, in its capacity as sponsor of the peace

process, to shoulder special responsibility for its collapse, declaring: "After the Arabs' positive response

and the spirit they have displayed of adherence to the peace process and its requirements, it was expected

that Israel would be deterred or at least blamed for its intransigence and practices that run counter to the

principles of the Madrid conference and the agreements it had concluded with the Palestinians. In the light

of Israel's behavior and the international community's inability to contain and curb it, it would be normal

to suspend relations and cancel any links that have grown under the peace process."
Crown Prince Abdullah concluded by saying how difficult it is to forget the sufferings and ordeals of the

Palestinians who had faced the bullets of Israeli soldiers, adding that he was shocked when he went to see

the injured in Saudi hospitals.

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