Wednesday, May 16, 2007
(Al-Sharq al-Awsat) - Arab League Secretary-General Amr Musa told the London-based "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" in an interview published on May 14 that the Arab states are ill-prepared to deal with the Iraq issue. Asked what role Arab states could play to help the Iraqi government, Musa said: "The Arab world is also in a dilemma, and any solution must be based on national accord among Iraqis.... Without such an accord there will not be a new Iraq."
While stressing that the Arab League has pushed for national reconciliation in Iraq, Musa said that as secretary-general, he has no plans to hold an extraordinary Arab summit on Iraq, and that it would be up to Arab foreign ministers to propose such a meeting. Asked about criticisms by former Arab League representative to Iraq Mukhtar Lamani, Musa said: "That matter is over now, and there is another representative. The mission's charge d'affaires left for Baghdad yesterday. A league representative has been appointed and he too will be leaving for Baghdad soon." Musa contended that Lamani was frustrated with the Arab states, rather than with the Arab League.