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Monday, 30 July, 2001, 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
Arab League pushes for Israel boycott

Representatives of thirteen Arab countries have met in the Syrian capital, Damascus, for a second day to bolster a call for reactivating the Arab world's economic blockade on Israel.

Delegates studied a plan for blacklists of Israeli firms and foreign companies doing business with Israel to be published every six months, and for boycott meetings to be held twice a year.

The gathering has been organised by the Central Office for the Boycott of Israel, set up fifty years ago by the Arab League with the aim of isolating Israel economically.

This was their first meeting in the last eight years, but the committee failed to get the two-thirds quorum necessary for a full executive meeting.

Speaking after today's discussions, the head of the Central Boycott Office, Ahmed Khaza, said that the participants had brought unanimous support to the proposed measures which will now be submitted to the Arab League's head office in Cairo.

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