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Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 04:00 GMT 05:00 UK
Arabs to discuss boycott of Israel

Representatives of Arab countries are meeting later on Sunday in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to discuss how to revive the boycott of Israel.

The two-day meeting has been called by a Damascus-based organisation, the Central Office of the Boycott of Israel.

A spokesman for the organisation said the meeting would discuss a report which proposes ways and means of reactivating the boycott of Israel after the collapse of the Middle East peace negotiations.

Correspondents say Syria has been pushing for a tougher Arab line against the Israeli Government of Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. The Central Office of the Boycott of Israel was set up nearly fifty years ago by the Arab League with the aim of isolating Israel economically.

But most Arab countries softened their stance after the Gulf War ten years ago and the launch of the Middle East peace process.

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