Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul-Gheit
"We are aware of the positions of all parties - and they are all friendly parties - and we believe it was necessary to intensify work in order to reach arrangements that satisfy everyone without resorting to military force, because wars have their sad and high costs unfortunately," Abul Gheit said in a message read out by Hossam Zaki, AL’s assistant secretary-general, to an extraordinary meeting of the AL Council at the level of permanent delegates.
Egypt had called on Sunday for holding an emergency meeting of the Arab League to discuss current developments in Ukraine.
"But now we are facing this delicate circumstance, and we believe it is imperative for all peace-loving countries and organizations to move quickly in order to stop escalation and not fuel it, restore dialogue, and seek to settle the crisis through indispensable diplomacy to avoid deterioration of the situation and expansion of the conflict," Abul-Gheit added during the meeting that was held at the AL headquarters in Cairo.
Abul-Gheit called for engaging in serious international action to put an end to the current crisis politically and diplomatically in a way that leads to restoring stability and achieving security for all; in light of respect for international law and the Charter of the United Nations.