Arab MPs to discuss Anglo-US aggression

AMMAN: Dec 23 (South News) - Arab MPs are to meet here on Sunday to discuss the "US-British aggression" against Iraq, the speaker of the Jordanian parliament, Abdel Majali, announced Wednesday.

Jordanian deputies had called on members of other Arab parliaments to meet to discuss measures to take following the US-British air strikes on Iraq over its reported failure to cooperate with UN arms inspectors.

Jordan's lower house has passed a non-binding resolution demanding a unilitaral lifting of the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

The extraordinary meeting of the Arab Parliamentary Union will take place here and be presided over by Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan ibn Talal, Majali said.

Khairi Janbek, who wrote in last week's edition of the Star (17 December), seems to capture the growing disillusionment with attacks on the Arabs.

"Away from statistics and numbers, the fact remains that life and death in Iraq, are inter-changeable terms now. Power politics internally, as well as internationally, oil prices, and weapons of mass destruction are becoming implements of collective punishment of the Iraqi people, a method which has been rejected many years ago by the whole body of the international community. Uncertainties are abound in this field, and they are clearly reflected in the various stand-offs between the Iraqi political authorities and the UN."

"The main player, the USA, while rejecting the notion that the leadership of the Ba'ath Party in Iraq is the embodiment of the political will of the Iraqi people, seems to act as if the situation is really that. American declarations are to the effect that the Iraqi people are not the target of the sanctions, while on the other, inexplicably according to this logic, they are."

Further reports said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said the Iraqi crisis can not be settled except through the UN Security Council and UN organizations. In an interview with the BBC on Monday, Moussa stressed the importance of dealing properly with the crisis in terms of the Council and the UN resolutions. Moussa referred to major demonstrations held in several Arab countries, saying, "They were the Arab citizens' direct reaction to the aggression on an Arab state."

In Beirut, youths and student organizations held a series of meetings in which they denounced the American attacks against Iraq. Participants decided to observe general assemblies at all the faculties, institutes and schools of Lebanon to condemn the attack, to demand lifting the sanctions and the evacuation of the US forces from the Middle East.