Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal headed the Saudi delegation to the extraordinary session of the Arab League's ministerial follow-up committee on the Middle East that was held in Cairo today in response to a call from the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) who met in Jeddah last week.
The meeting welcomed the Kingdom's proposal to appropriate a monthly sum of U.S. $45 million to meet the requirements of the Palestinian Authority up to the end of 2001, and praised Saudi Arabia's pledge to contribute one month's payment. The committee also reviewed the status of the intifada and Al-Aqsa funds that were decided on at the last Arab Summit in Cairo. In addition, the Arab Monetary Fund and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development were requested to provide financial assistance to the Palestinian people. The committee expressed support for popular resistance in the occupied Arab territories, saying the Palestinians are defending their legitimate rights according to the United Nations and describing Israel as violating international law; and reiterated the importance of solidarity with the Palestinian people, their intifada and their right to confront occupation with all possible legitimate means.
The committee also drew attention to the fact that the Golan Heights is an Arab territory from which Israel should unconditionally withdraw to the parallel of June 4, 1967; similarly, Shaba'a Farms is located in Lebanon, and no Israelis should be there.
The meeting declared that ending the Israeli occupation in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 and the principle of land for peace, and establishing a sovereign Palestinian state with Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as its capital, are requirements for realizing a just peace in the region; and appealed to the United States and leaders of the ongoing G-8 meeting in Italy for support in this.