DOHA: The UN Security Council should act on its own to impose a ceasefire and end the bloodshed in Syria, the Foreign Minister, H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, told an international conference here yesterday.
Addressing the opening session of the Doha Forum and Enriching The Middle East’s Economic Future Conference at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, Al Attiyah called on the international community to act decisively to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.
The Emir, H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, graced the opening ceremony, which was also attended by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister,
H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and a host of other dignitaries.
“The humanitarian catastrophe of the Syrian people, the crimes of extermination, killing, displacement and destruction of cities at the hands of the Syrian regime, all have a negative impact on the situation in the region. Continuation of the crisis is attributable only to the failure of the international community to deal decisively and seriously with the problem on the basis of international law and the principles of international legitimacy,” said the Foreign Minister.
“The UN Security Council should act within its own authority to impose a ceasefire to protect the Syrian people against the Syrian regime’s violation of international laws as reflected in the use of poisonous gases,” he added.
Al Attiyah called for a continuation of reforms to meet the aspirations of the Arab people.
“The Arab peoples, who have been sacrificing their lives for freedom, dignity and good governance are still looking for the continuation of the reform process…An equilibrium has to be struck between the people’s ambitions for security, stability and democratic change and the respect of legitimacy and equality, deepening the concepts of dialogue and tolerance and enhancing the principles of human rights,” said the Foreign Minister.
He underlined that the absence of an equitable and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause had threatened all endeavours towards realising stability and security in the region.
Israel has to reconsider its decision to halt negotiations with the Palestinians and impose sanctions on them. Israel should also realise the risks of wasting the opportunity for peace, he added.
The Foreign Minister urged the international community, especially the United States, to pursue peace efforts and stop violence and conflict.
Referring to the economic situation in the world, the Foreign Minister noted that the world was still seeking incentives for economic growth for realising social justice, security and stability.
“The challenges facing development should be tackled in order to avoid their risks and negative impact that threaten, directly or indirectly, political and social stability, especially in the least developed countries,” said Al Attiyah.
He urged the international community to help the least developed countries to realise economic and social development, recalling Qatar’s efforts in extending development assistance worldwide.
Argentine’s Vice President Amado Boudou, Sudan’s Assistant President Abdel Rahman El Sadig El Mahdi, former Albanian President Rexhep Qemal Meidani, and former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin also addressed the opening session.
Boudou reviewed the negative effects of the economic crisis that hit the global economy five years ago and subsequent efforts to handle its repercussions.
He added that the financial crisis pushed world countries to improve their economic and social conditions, and thus address cases related to inequality in these areas as well as achieving sustainable development and providing job opportunities for citizens.
El Mahdi highlighted the enormous development disparities in the world where 20 percent of the world’s population control 80 percent of the global income, pointing as well to the contrast between northern and southern countries and the hegemonic policies that, he said, support violence.
He added that the best choice for humanity is for enlightened forces in northern countries to ally with advocates soft-power change in the South to build a fairer and better global system and prevent policies of hegemony and terrorism, which, he added, would be the way to global stability.
Meidani spoke on developments in Eastern Europe after the fall of the political totalitarianism and going back to the Cold War era.
He said the Arab Spring uprisings constitute a genuine change in the region that should be thoroughly examined, adding that fair election is a basic and necessary condition for the success of any democratic experiment.
De Villepin said the world is going through a state of instability and any spark could ignite a war, referring to the events in the Arab region and the Arab Spring uprisings as an example, as well as the violence in Africa.
He pointed out that the state of instability a result of excessive force, saying that military intervention in Iraq and the failure of the West led to more violence.