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Arab League calls Fatah al-Islam 'terrorists'

23 May 2007, 15:39 CET

(CAIRO) - The Arab League condemned on Wednesday the "criminal acts" of Fatah al-Islam, which engaged in ferocious battles with the Lebanese army this week, describing the Islamist movement as terrorists.

The 22-member body, in a statement following crisis talks late on Tuesday, "strongly condemned the criminal and terrorist acts carried out by the terrorist group known as Fatah al-Islam."

The group "has no relation to the Palestinian question or Islam," the statement added.

The fighting in northern Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared left 68 people dead and scores wounded. The Al-Qaeda-inspired group declared a unilateral ceasefire on Tuesday afternoon, and it was still holding 24 hours later.

The Arab League vowed to "give its full support to the efforts of the army and the Lebanese government to impose security and stability" in Lebanon.

In Cairo on Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana welcomed the Arab League statement and reaffirmed EU support for the Lebanese government.

"As the Arab League statement said, this terrorist group should be condemned ... We have to support Prime Minister (Fuad) Siniora," said Solana, who met with League chief Amr Mussa on Tuesday.

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