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Arab League 'salutes Iraqis'

The Arab League is supporting the Iraqi people as it considers a draft resolution.
The Arab League is supporting the Iraqi people as it considers a draft resolution.

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CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- The Arab League is considering a draft resolution on the war in Iraq and has offered solid support to the Iraqi people.

The league, meeting in Cairo, is calling for an urgent U.N. Security Council session. The consensus evolving from the meeting indicates strong support for the Iraqi people and their current situation.

Amr Moussa, the league's secretary general, said: "I salute the Iraqis and wish them victory."

Moussa, Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmood Hamood and others at the meeting say the war is an example of renewed Western imperialism.

They say the war is part of a long-term plan is to change the Middle East map and remove national leaders such as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abderrahmane Chalgam condemned the "aggression" and said: "We must lift our heads and greet the bravery of the Iraqi people."

Hamood said the ministers are putting together a resolution with several essential demands. Among the points being considered for the resolution:

• Condeming the war on Iraq.

• Refusing to legitimize the war.

• Opposing what ministers call the drift of the United Nations away from its charter as an international body whose responsibility is to keep peace and stability in the world.

• Opposing any U.N. partnership or meddling in Iraq's internal affairs.

• Respecting the unity and sovereignty of Iraq and its rights to its natural wealth and resources.

• Resuming the U.N. inspections in Iraq.

• Respecting the sovereignty of Iraq's neighbors.

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