Monday, October 11, 2004

Mubarak Calls for U.N. Conference on Terror

ROME (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in his first public comments since bombs killed at least 32 people at Red Sea resorts, said on Monday the world needed a U.N.-sponsored conference to deal with international terrorism.

Mubarak envisioned a conference that would study the causes of terrorism and help make a distinction between 'the efforts of people seeking their legitimate rights and attempts by a few deviant elements to impose their violent views on the world.'

Israel has said it suspects Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, but Egyptian presidential spokesman Maged Abdel Fattah warned on Saturday against rushing to conclusions. Egyptian officials have tended to link the attacks to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

(Italian president) Ciampi, speaking to reporters with Mubarak, said the Mediterranean would not see lasting peace until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved. He said he and Mubarak agreed there was a 'perverse connection between terrorism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict.'

Mubarak said the defeat of international terrorism also hinged on self-governance for Iraq (news - web sites).

OK, let's see....Mubarak is saying that if Al Qaeda attacked the hotel it is terror, but if Palestinians attacked the hotel then it is legitimate. Yup. Makes perfect sense. -EoZ