ALGERIA WELCOMES ARAB LEAGUE CONSENSUS ON LIBYAN GOVT

CAIRO, -- Algerian Minister of Maghreb, African Union (AU) and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel has expressed satisfaction with the consensus reached by the Arab league for the first time that the Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord is the only representative of the Libyan people.

"As the head of the Algerian delegation (to the Arab Lague ministerial meeting here last week), I am satisfied with the consensus reached, for the first time, on the presidential council of the Government of National Accord in Libya, chaired by Fayez El-Sarraj, as the only representative of our brother Libyan people," Messahel told national radio following the extraordinary session of the Arab League Council at ministerial level, held in Cairo.

The Libyan crisis was one of the main issues on the Arab League Council's agenda, which also included the question of Palestine, the situation in Yemen and the ongoing preparations for the Arab Summit to take place next July in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Concerning the Palestinian issue, Messahel said the participants heard a long report presented by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the situation in Palestine. In his report, Abbas insisted on the French initiative which consists of the holding of a ministerial meeting on June 3 in Paris.

The Arab league ministerial council welcomed the initiative "which comes at a moment when all other initiatives have failed and all talks frozen, resulting in a deadlock for the Palestinian issue", Messahel said.

He added that the initiative would contribute to "giving a fresh impetus" to the negotiations process, in spite of the obstinacy of Israel which continues to reject the initiative, and which seeks to impose an agenda including "direct discussions and not an initiative involving several States and international organizations".

Source: Name News Network