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JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Monday that the Arab peace initiative contained positive elements but also clauses that were contrary to the idea of a two-state solution.

“There are positive elements in the Saudi initiative, but some of its clauses are contrary to the principle of two states,” Livni told Israeli public radio from Washington where she is visiting.

She was referring to a plan adopted by the Arab League in Beirut in 2002, which calls for comprehensive peace in return for an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territory and an independent Palestinian state.

She said the initiative adopted in Beirut contains “two additional clauses very problematic for Israel,” concerning the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

In an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam Palestinian on March 1, Livni said the Jewish state could not accept the Saudi initiative in “its current form.”

Other than the refugee issue, which the Arab plan wants resolved based on UN Resolution 194 giving all Palestinian refugees the right to return and which Israel rejects, Livni cited the borders of a future Palestinian state as another point of contention.

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