GCC is in a dilemma

 14 Jul 2014 - 5:58

Khalid Al Sayed

It seems the disputes among the GCC states are worsening since the withdrawal of three ambassadors from Qatar on March 5 due to differences of opinion on external issues. 
After the initial optimism about solving the crisis, we are beginning to see disagreements coming to the fore. Disputes are being turned into political instruments in which media is used to accuse Qatari youth under thirty years of spying and involving in illegal activities as soon as they arrive in 
the UAE. The postponement of the GCC consultative summit scheduled to take place in Riyadh last month has worsened the ties, and mystery is surrounding the fate of the GCC summit planned in Doha by the year-end. 
It is a disaster to see Gulf states engaged in internal disputes at a time they need unity against external dangers. These dangers include sectarian tensions, stemming from the developments in Iraq, the impact of Syria, and the Israeli aggression on Gaza that is aimed at destroying the Palestinian territory. These risks and other warning signals require Gulf countries to work honestly to prevent these problems from spilling into our region.
We are in a real dilemma, and we cannot get out of this unless we restore unity and end internal and external GCC disputes. Without this, there will be no key progress in the GCC march after 30 years of its formation. The image of this regional organisation is of a dreamy, egoistic body although it was founded to achieve political unity and economic and social development. Even this image is taking a beating as officials lack the desire to settle differences, as they have close ties with external powers which have their own hidden agenda that contradict the settlement of disputes among GCC states and efforts to unite them.