League meeting set for end-March

19 February 2004
The next meeting of the Arab League will take place in Tunis in late March and will examine US and European attempts to introduce democracy to the region, an official has said. 'These initiatives and ideas will certainly be on the agenda of the summit,' a senior official at the 22-member Arab League said.

The official added that any proposals would be welcomed 'if they [the League] are consulted on and included in' the drafting process, but warned that 'any initiative or idea imported and proposed from outside without consultations... will not succeed'. The Arabs question whether their demands for resolving fairly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will be addressed by Western ideas, the official said.

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