Arab officials dismiss key UN peace resolution

After meeting last week in Amman, Jordan, foreign and economic ministers of all the Arab states except Egypt rejected UN Security Council Resolution 242 and said a settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict is possible only through the restoration of Palestinian rights. Resolution 242, adopted by the Security Council after the 1967 Middle East war, refers to the Palestinians as refugees and makes no mention of Palestinian statehood.

Monitor special correspondent Jim Muir reports the ministers agreed to support a settlement based on General Assembly Resolution 3236, which refers to the national rights of the Palestinians to self-determination on the their own soil. The decision will be presented to a full Arab League summit meeting in November.

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