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The President Abdelaziz Boutaflika of Algeria underlined the necessity of restoring the occupied Arab lands in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
"The restoration of the occupied lands to Syria and Lebanon is a basic provision through which Arab countries can promote their current situation," President of Algiers said in a speech to the opening session of the 17th Arab Summit in Algiers. "We again stress the Arab peace initiative which stipulates for the full Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab lands, the Land-for-Peace formula and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state we are here insisting the peace option as a strategy for all Arab states," He added. Boutaflika called for lifting all multi-sided or bilateral sanctions imposed on some Arab countries. He renewed the Arab countries' commitment to the Arab identity, civilization and common destiny, adding that if the "Greatest Middle East" means reforms, the Arabs had started to implement reforms, but if it was related to another strategy, the Arabs will remain adhered to the Arab identity. President Boutaflika called for making the Middle East a region free from weapons of mass destruction and changing the Mediterranean basin into a lake for cooperation and peace. Boutaflika warmly welcomed the presence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying that normalization with Israel is conditioned by the withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied Arab territories and its abiding by the "road map."
Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutaflika and chairman of the current Arab summit session began the meetings by describing peace with Israel, based on an initiative expected to be endorsed in Algiers, as of "strategic" benefit for the Arab world. "It is necessary to reaffirm strongly that peace [with Israel] is the strategic choice of all the Arab world," Boutaflika told the opening session on Tuesday.
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The opening ceremony was attended by AlgeriaÕs President Abdelaziz Boutaflika, President of South Africa, Representative of the UN Secretary General, SyriaÕs Local Administrative and Environment Minister Hilal al-Atrash, and other bodies concerned.þ
The Algerian President, the founder of the international institution, stressed in his opening speech the importance of conducting the festival in combatting desertification and reviving deserts, underlining the desertÕs vital role as an energy resource.þ
At the outset of the opening session of the summit, Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutaflika, chairman of the 17th session of the Arab League, handed over the chairmanship of the summit to President of the Republic Field Marshal Omar Al-Bashir.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutaflika has called for realization of peace in Darfur, commending the efforts exerted by the Sudanese government in this regard and urging the international community to extend support to these efforts. Addressing the inaugural session of the Summit Conference of the Arab League in Khartoum, the Algerian President asserted the importance of realizing Arab solidarity, referring to the comprehensive reform programme for the Arab League, which was adopted by the previous summit in Algiers to cope with the international developments. He called for consolidation of democracy and the culture of tolerance.The Algerian President stressed the importance of establishment of Arab common market for realizing free trade exchange among the Arab states. President Boutaflika, who chaired the previous session of the Arab summit, stressed the need for enhancing national Arab capabilities and coordination in the sphere of scientific research. He reviewed the accomplishments of the Arab League during the previous period including the establishment of the Arab Parliament and what has been achieved in the field of structural reform for the Arab League, commending what was realized by the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amre Mussa. On Iraq, the Algerian President reiterated the Arab League's initiative aiming at convening Iraqi reconciliation conference, hailing the Iraqi response to the initiative. He reiterated the Arab League's adherence to making the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
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