Arabs appeal for international observers, war crimes trial


Top Arab diplomats today renewed appeals for international observers to be sent to the Palestinian territories and for Israeli officials to be tried for war crimes.

Foreign Ministers and diplomats from the 22-member Arab League approved the calls during a closed-door meeting today, according to a copy of the resolutions obtained by AFP.

They repeated their "appeal to the international community to fulfill its responsibilities to protect Palestinians by sending international observers or providing any other mechanism guaranteeing the protection of civilians against assassination, injury and arrest."

The foreign ministers, at their biannual Arab League meeting, also reiterated their calls to the UN Security Council to "create an international committee to investigate massacres committed by Israel."

The ministers once more asked the international community to "form an international criminal court to try Israeli war criminals," like the international court for the former Yugoslavia.

These demands have already been presented by the Arab League and by Arab countries in several international forums.

The appeals were to be formally announced when the meeting ends tomorrow.