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GCC foreign ministers to hold meetings on Palestine conference

 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers will hold meetings on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly session to discuss the international peace conference on Palestine, GCC Secretary-General Abdulrahman Al-Attiyah said yesterday.

The foreign ministers are scheduled to meet with their counterparts from the United States, Russia, China, the European Union and Japan, among others.

Al-Attiyah expressed the hope that the international conference on Palestine proposed by President George W. Bush would be a breakthrough for some of the region’s toughest issues. The conference should address Middle East problems in a balanced way and be committed to a two-state solution, an end to settlements and occupation and solutions for refugees as well as the status of Jerusalem, he said.

The Secretary-General also stressed the importance of adhering to the Arab Peace Initiative as the most appropriate mechanism for bringing about a just and lasting peace.

Al-Attiyah also commented on Iraq. He characterized the situation there as very concerning and escalating out of control. He reiterated GCC support for positive efforts to bring about stability, peace and prosperity in Iraq.