Arab Ambassadors Meet in Brazil to Discuss Palestine

The ambassadors for Arab countries based in BrasÀ­lia, the capital city of Brazil, met yesterday, November 21, with Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim.

According to a statement issued by the Itamaraty (the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations), the theme of the meeting was the current situation in Palestine.

The ambassador of Sudan, Rahamtalla Mohamed Osman, spoke of the group’s concern regarding "the serious incidents that took place during the last weeks in the Gaza Strip."

According to the Itamaraty, Amorim reaffirmed the Brazilian stance of seeking a negotiated solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, through the creation of a Palestinian State.

He recalled the suggestion of president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, made during the General Assembly of the United Nations, of calling a summit meeting on the Middle East, to be attended by the countries in the region and by other interested parties, especially developing nations.

Osman and the Palestinian ambassador Mayada Bamie, according to the Itamaraty, have shown their "regard for the position of the Brazilian government." Lebanese ambassador Fouad El-Khoury gave "thanks on behalf of his government for the position and actions of Brazil with regard to Lebanon."

Also present were diplomats from Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and the League of Arab States.

Still according to the statement issued by the Itamaraty, Amorim suggested that another meeting be carried out, in order to discuss the relationship of Brazil with the Arab world as a whole.



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  • ch.c.

    funny that these criminals Sudanese Government
    are caring more for what is happening outside of their country rather than inside !
    There have been 100 times more deaths in Darfur alone than in the whole recent
    Israel/Lebanon war !
    There is a true genocide in their own country going on !
    Strange that Brazil agree to talk to them concerning Israel and not the Sudanese genocide !
    Here is part of an article on the situation in Sudan, where no one can accuse anybody else but the Sudanese Government !

    *More than two million people are living in camps after fleeing three years of fighting in the region and they would be even more vulnerable without any peacekeepers.
    Sudan’s government and the pro-government Arab militias are accused of war crimes against the region’s black African population, although the UN has stopped short of calling it genocide.
    How did the conflict start?
    The conflict began in the arid and impoverished region early in 2003 after a rebel group began attacking government targets, saying the region was being neglected by Khartoum.
    The rebels say the government is oppressing black Africans in favour of Arabs.
    Darfur, which means land of the Fur, has faced many years of tension over land and grazing rights between the mostly nomadic Arabs, and farmers from the Fur, Massaleet and Zagawa communities.
    There are two main rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem), although the peace talks were complicated by splits in both groups, some along ethnic lines.
    The groups opposed to a May peace deal with the government have now merged into the National Redemption Front led by former Darfur governor Ahmed Diraige.
    What is the government doing?
    It admits mobilising “self-defence militias” following rebel attacks but denies any links to the Janjaweed, accused of trying to “cleanse” black Africans from large swathes of territory.
    Refugees from Darfur say that following air raids by government aircraft, the Janjaweed ride into villages on horses and camels, slaughtering men, raping women and stealing whatever they can find.
    Many women report being abducted by the Janjaweed and held as sex slaves for more than a week before being released.
    Human rights groups, all said that genocide was taking place –
    Sudan’s government denies being in control of the Janjaweed and President Omar al-Bashir has called them “thieves and gangsters”.
    After strong international pressure and the threat of sanctions, the government promised to disarm the Janjaweed. But so far there is little evidence this has happened.
    Trials have been announced in Khartoum of some members of the security forces suspected of abuses – but this is viewed as part of a campaign against UN-backed attempts to get some 50 key suspects tried at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
    What has happened to the civilians?
    Millions have fled their destroyed villages, with many heading for camps near Darfur’s main towns. But there is not enough food, water or medicine.
    The Janjaweed patrol outside the camps and Darfurians say the men are killed and the women raped if they venture too far in search of firewood or water.
    The Janjaweed are accused of ‘ethnic cleansing’
    Some 200,000 have also sought safety in neighbouring Chad, but many of these are camped along a 600km stretch of the border and remain vulnerable to attacks from Sudan.
    The refugees are also threatened by the diplomatic fallout between Chad and Sudan as the neighbours accuse one another of supporting each other’s rebel groups.
    Chad’s eastern areas have a similar ethnic make-up to Darfur.
    Many aid agencies are working in Darfur but they are unable to get access to vast areas because of the fighting.

    How many have died?
    With much of Darfur inaccessible to aid workers and researchers, calculating how many deaths there have been in the past three years is impossible.
    What researchers have done is to estimate the deaths based on surveys in areas they can reach.
    The latest research published in September 2006 in the journal Science puts the numbers of deaths above and beyond those that would normally die in this inhospitable area at NO FEWER THAN 200’000 “


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