Doha Forum urges regional, int'l coop. to counter extremism, violence

DOHA, May 22 (KUNA) — Participants in the security session of the 16th Doha Global Forum on Sunday underlined the momentousness of further regional and international cooperation to combat extremism and violence.
The session tackled the current conditions in the Middle East and means to counter regional challenges.
Discussions covered the significance of cooperation for the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, enhancing women’s role and just distribution of wealth, as well as launching fresh initiatives to protect human rights and eliminate violence and terrorism.
Violent extremism and acts of terrorism reflect the threats to international peace and broaden the gap among communities and countries, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nasser Al-Nasser told the session.
He added that extremist and terrorist groups instill hatred and violence, challenging the values established by the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Al-Nasser stressed the fact that security solutions and procedures, and iron fists, have been a failure, and that extremism and terrorism thrive where human rights are violated and where people’s aspirations are discarded.
President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft addressed the huge challenges facing the region; the conflict continues in Syria and Yemen; the decades-long Palestinian cause is still seeking a settlement; refugees have been flowing into Jordan and Turkey aggravating problems of the region.
He referred to sectarian divisions that further feed violent extremism.
These are all added to the problems like climate change and the lack of just distribution of wealth, a universal one in fact.
NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos told the session that the military alliance has been playing a major role for maintaining security and stability of the Middle East, as well as enhancing its military capabilities.
In addition, the NATO has bolstered the political dialogue with the Gulf states and realized progress in fields like energy, security and protection of infrastructure.
Foreign Ministers of Argentina Susana Malcorra, Azerbaijani Elmar Mamedyarov, Costa Rica Manuel Gonzalez also addressed the session.
A second session today discussed means to achieve stability in the Middle East, and the UN role amid escalating criticism of the organization for the continuous violence and armed conflict.
People of the region will not be able to counter future challenges unless they are guaranteed justice, dignity and stability, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told the session.
The theme of the session was, the Middle East: more stability and prosperity.
Mladenov stressed the inevitability of comprehensively discussing outstanding problems in Iraq, Libya, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories.
Referring to the Palestinian cause, he said that the peace process is “stand still.” Resuming peace talks based on the old formula is hard since it has realized no progress.
For his part, Undersecretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tobias Ellwood urged fighting the terrorist organization using the same weapon they employ, the Internet.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) targets young people who are ignorant of real Islam, he said, urging unified efforts to highlight the correct image of the religion through pursuing extremist websites, and haling financing to such organizations. (end) nnd.msa

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