|Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R front) and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (L front) attend an international conference held by Arab League (AL), in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, on Dec. 11, 2012. The international conference of solidarity with the Palestinian and Arab prisoners in Israeli jails was launched in Baghdad on Tuesday under the auspices of the AL.(Xinhua/Bashar)
BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The international conference of solidarity with the Palestinian and Arab prisoners in Israeli jails was launched in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, on Tuesday under the auspices of the Arab League (AL).
"It is time for the international community to actively move with the international organizations and shoulder its responsibility, not only to release the prisoners, but also to free the Palestinian lands from occupation and to end the sufferings of the Palestinian people," Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in his speech at the opening of the two-day conference.
Maliki accused the international community of "following double standards" in deal with the issue of Palestinian and Arab prisoners through "remaining silent towards the flagrant violations of international norms at the Israeli prisons."
"Iraq is fully ready, with your support, to move actively to rally support to internationalize the prisoners' issue and to expose the heinous practices by Israelis against the Palestinians, " Maliki said.
Maliki also called on the international community to practice pressures against Israel "to force it to commit to the obligations of international conventions."
The two-day conference is being held in Baghdad as Iraq is holding the rotating presidency of the Arab League.
The conference was also attended by the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and the UN envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler, in addition to dozens of international and Arab delegations and personalities.