King Hussein of Jordan has warned that the Arab cause could disintegrate or be destroyed unless member nations resolved grave inter-Arab conflicts.
GV INTERIOR King Hussein of Jordan speaking in Arabic at Arab League summit it Amman
GV Delegates at summit listening to King Hussein's speech (2 shots)
SV PAN Delegates at conference table listening (3 shots)
SCU King Hussein continues speech
SV ZOOM GV Delegates applauding King Hussein
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan has warned that the Arab cause could disintegrate or be destroyed unless member nations resolved grave inter-Arab conflicts. His warning came in the speech closing the controversial Arab League summit meeting in Amman on Thursday (27 November). The summit called for immediate ceasefire in the two-month-old war between Iran and Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: King Hussein expressed regret that some delegations had not attended the summit -- notably Lebanon and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Without naming any culprits, he accused others of trying to involve the PLO in inter-Arab troubles. Four states, led by Syria, had boycotted the conference. Reuters news agency suggested that King-Hussein, in this speech, apparently referred to Syria when he declared it shameful that an Arab country should stab Iraq in the back while it was fighting for Arab rights. Damascus has openly criticised Iraq's war with Iran, on the grounds that it was diverting Arab efforts from their major task -- opposing Israel. They've been recent reports of mounting tension on the Syrian-Jordanian border, with United States officials in Washington talking of military build-ups on both sides.
The resolution calling for thew immediate ceasefire welcomed Iraq's positive response to peace efforts by the Islamic Conference, the United Nations and the non-aligned states. It is called on Iraq to respond in the same way. reuters considered the resolution clearly reflected the pro-Iraqi sympathies of those who'd attended the summit.
On the Arab-Israeli conflict, the heads of the states had agreed that they would break all relations with any country that recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or that moved its embassy there. Despite the PLO's absence, they reaffirmed their continued support for the organisation, and for the Palestinians' struggle to establish an independent state. They also pledged to destroy the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt.