Egypt: Arab League sets deadline for peace talks
Egypt says that if the US-brokered peace talks fall through by September, the Arab League (AL) will press the UN to declare a Palestinian state, Press TV reported.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Sunday that if a deal is not reached, the AL will demand that the United Nations Security Council officially mark out an independent Palestinian state, the Israeli Ha'aretz daily wrote.
Peace talks mediated by the US envoy to the region, George Mitchell, are currently underway between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of creating a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Aboul Gheit said on Saturday that it would take at least a decade for the talks to result in a peace deal adding that he potential move by the AL would correspond with the UNSC resolution 1515, which calls for Middle East peace based on the two-state solution.
The negotiations, dubbed "proximity talks," were frozen after Israel announced plans to continue settlement expansions in East Jerusalem.
The prospects of peace dimmed further after Israel attacked a Gaza-bound aid convoy on May 31, killing nine activists.