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    24 July 2006

    Poof! Saudi Arabia calls for a cease-fire [UPDATE]

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    [UPDATE 07.24.06] The other remaining, so-called "moderate" Arab regimes call for cease-fire.

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Monday, the 13th day of relentless confrontations in Lebanon, "the situation is very dangerous and necessitates quick action and any delay in ceasing fire will lead to further complicating matters."

    Mubarak said Egypt has a package of proposals for ending the crisis, which broke out on July 12 following Hezbollah's kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border attack.

    "After a cease-fire is reached, all the reasons behind the actual crisis could be dealt with, including the demarcation of the border in the Shabaa Farms region and the release of all detainees," Mubarak was quoted as saying by Egypt's Middle East News Agency.

    Jordan and Kuwait:
    In Kuwait, visiting Jordanian King Abdullah and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah issued a joint plea for a cease-fire in Lebanon.

    A joint statement stressed the "necessity for an immediate cessation of military operations and ending the killing of civilians and the destruction of Lebanese infrastructure."

    The main "moderate" Sunni Arab state leaves the Administrations side and calls for a cease-fire.
    "We requested a cease-fire to allow for a cessation of hostilities," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said after an Oval Office meeting with Bush.

    Why? Because "...they cannot afford to appear too supportive of American or Israeli interests for fear of alienating their own citizens." Because that would appear to endorse US foreign policy, and that breeds terrorists.

    Posted by Geoff

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