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    Arabs decide not to take part in war SHARM EL-SHEIKH, March 1: Arab leaders on Saturday said they opposed an attack on Iraq as a threat against Arab national
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      Arabs decide not to take part in war


      SHARM EL-SHEIKH, March 1: Arab leaders on Saturday said they opposed
      an attack on Iraq as a threat against Arab national security, and
      said their countries would not participate in any invasion, a final
      communique said.

      At the end of a one-day summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-
      Sheikh, the Arab leaders agreed on "the complete rejection of a
      strike against Iraq, or threatening the security and safety of any
      Arab country, as a threat to the Arab national security", said the
      communique, read out by Arab League chief Amr Moussa.

      The leaders called for the crisis to be resolved peacefully under the
      umbrella of the United Nations, and asked that weapons inspectors be
      given enough time to complete their mission.

      "They stressed that their countries refrain from participating in any
      military action that aims at the security, safety and territorial
      integrity of Iraq," the final communique said.

      Arab public opinion is firmly opposed to any action against Iraq.

      Though the summit rejected a strike on Iraq, the position was
      complicated by the fact that several of the region's states, such as
      Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, host US forces and may be used as
      launchpads for any US-led attack.

      The UN Security Council is deeply divided over whether to approve an
      early attack on Iraq for failing to disarm voluntarily, or to give UN
      weapons inspectors more time to find and destroy any weapons of mass
      destruction.-AFP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top16.htm&date=20030302

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