Arab League chief calls for Arab meeting later this year on ME peace talks

Arab League chief Amr Moussa said Saturday Arab foreign ministers should meet later this year to evaluate the Arab-Israeli peace talks. Moussa made the comments at the opening of the Arab summit in Damascus, where Syrian President Bashar Assad questioned how long Arab nations can keep offering Israel a land-for-peace proposal. Moussa says Arab foreign ministers should meet in mid-2008 to determine "which direction we are moving" in the peace process with Israel. If there is no progress by then, he says Arabs may have to take "painful positions."