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Arab Leaders Endorse Peace Plan

March 28, 2002

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Arab leaders endorsed a Saudi peace plan offering Israel ``normal relations″ in exchange for withdrawal from all occupied Arab land, Lebanon’s foreign minister announced Thursday at an Arab summit.

Arab leaders did not release a text of the formal resolution, which host Lebanon said the Arab leaders had taken a unified stand in endorsing the plan which also demanded a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud said that once Israel fulfills the Arab demands, ``the Arab-Israeli conflict would be considered finished and (the parties) would enter into a peace treaty and achieving security for all countries of the region and establish normal relations with Israel.″

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