The Arab League chief says Arab states must prepare for the possibility
that Middle East peace efforts may be a complete failure.
The league's secretary-general, Amr Moussa, made the remarks during his
opening address at a summit of Arab nations in the Libyan city of Sirte
The Israeli-Palestinian crisis tops the agenda for the two-day summit.
Members spoke of the need for Arab states to remain united.
The United States has offered to mediate indirect Israeli-Arab peace
talks. But the effort has been hampered by Israel's announcement that
it plans to build 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East
Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the league Saturday and
urged members to support efforts to move the peace process forward.
Mr. Ban urged the foreign ministers to present positive proposals to
help resolve core issues between Israelis and Palestinians. He said
negotiations are the only way to reach a two-state solution.