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SE Asian nations condemn Israel
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Date : 2006-07-25 13:38:58                      Reader : 284

If they meet, they will loose unity. If they do not meet, unity will be kept firm. So if Lebanon is totally destroyed , if Syria is attacked, if Palestinians are killed in hundreds , Arabs better stay at home , without any need for a meeting.
What is left for Arab Unity ?!


Associated France Press (AFP) 25/7/2006

SE Asian nations condemn Israel


by Danny Kemp

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led Southeast Asian countries in a chorus of condemnation against Israel’s "excessive" military operations in Lebanon.

Abdullah, the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), called for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East, warning that the situation threatened international peace and security.

His comments came shortly before US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is currently holding crisis talks in the Middle East, was due to attend a regional security forum here.

"We should not tolerate Israel’s excessive military reprisals against Lebanon," Abdullah said as he opened the bloc’s annual meeting of foreign ministers in Kuala Lumpur.

"The collective punishment inflicted upon the Lebanese people and the destruction of towns and cities are unconscionable. The military incursions into Lebanese territory are (in) blatant disregard for Lebanon’s sovereignty."

He added: "The United Nations Security Council should take action to call for an immediate ceasefire, deploy a United Nations peacekeeping force to implement the ceasefire and prevent an invasion of Lebanon."

Abdullah, who also chairs the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference, called for ASEAN to speak out about the "plight of the Palestinians".

"I feel that we in ASEAN must make our voices heard, loudly and clearly, that we cannot continue tolerating the subjugation and repression of the Palestinian people by Israel," he said.

The Middle East peace process was now "in tatters" because of the violence, he added.

ASEAN, whose 10 members include the world’s most populous Muslim nation Indonesia and mainly Muslim Malaysia, lashed out at the Jewish state in a separate statement late Monday.

It condemned Israel’s "disproportionate, indiscriminate and excessive use of force", saying such actions would threaten efforts towards reviving peace talks with the Palestinians.

"We call for an immediate ceasefire and urge the international community and the United Nations Security Council to get all parties in the conflicts to adhere to the ceasefire under UN supervision," the statement said.

ASEAN’s tough stance represents a significant departure for the bloc, which has emphasised the crisis in the Middle East this week despite normally staying low-key about the region.

Abdullah’s comments were some of the toughest comments ever from a leader who promotes a moderate brand of Islam, and who in the same speech urged ASEAN to unite against global terrorism -- a key plank of US foreign policy.

The US’s Rice is expected in Kuala Lumpur later this week for the ASEAN Regional Forum after urgent meetings with the leaders of Lebanon and Israel on Monday and Tuesday to push a ceasefire plan.

The United States has declared it was in the vanguard of the drive to end Israel’s war with the Shiite Hezbollah militia based in southern Lebanon.

The UN has warned prolonged attacks will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe, with hundreds of thousands made homeless by Israel’s offensive on Lebanon, and has issued an appeal for 150 million dollars to help them.

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