Mauritius urges US to do more on Middle-East crisis

Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Foreign Minister Anil Gayan urged the US late Wednesday to use its influence in the Middle-East to bring about a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"The situation is very serious and unacceptable.
It is imperative for the international community to engage itself in finding a durable peace based on the principles of equality, justice and security for all the parties concerned," Gayan said at a dinner he gave in honour of Egyptian Ambassador to Mauritius, Fayez Bistache.
He said the settlement should take "into consideration the rights of Israel and that of Palestine to co-exist in peace and security.
" According to Gayan, peace and security cannot be built by violence or by the death of innocent people.
He said the PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat alone cannot end the violence in the occupied territories.
"Israel should contribute to the peace process," the Minister said, warning that the occupation of the Orient House in Jerusalem and the killing of PLO's Abu Ali Mustafa by Israel could worsen the situation.
The escalating Middle East crisis has killed more than 700 people, mainly Palestinians, in the last 11 months.

30 august 2001 13:03:00




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