DOHA, May 13– The 14th Doha Forum and Enriching The Middle East’s Economic Future Conference has opened at the glitzy Ritz Carlton Hotel here with a warning from Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Dr Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, that the absence of an equitable and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause threatens all endeavours towards realizing stability and security in the region.

“The difficulties and hurdles facing the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel remain the biggest challenge in the region, precluding the achievement of cherished peace and stability,” Al Attiyah said at Monday, noting that fair peace could only be realized through Israel’s commitment to the principles of the peace process as enshrined in international resolutions through the two-state solution agreed by the international community.

He added that Israel had to reconsider its decision halting negotiations with the Palestinians and imposing sanctions on them. Israel should also realize the risks belying wasting the peace opportunity, Al Attiyah added, urging the international community, especially the United States to pursue peace efforts , stave off violence and conflict and bar their repercussions from impacting world peace and stability.

In the absence of an effective international authority that works for achievement of international legitimacy in its true concept and in accordance with a sound democratic method, the international order will continue to suffer from dual standards in implementing international laws and resolutions of the world community, he said.

Among those who attended the opening of the forum, which is being held under the theme “Visions on the world’s strategic , economic, developmental stability”, were the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

Al Attiyah said realizing collective security and stability required the international community’s commitment to legitimacy and to the moral and legal responsibilities for realizing peoples’ aspirations to stability, security, freedom and change.

In this context, he noted that 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 had 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, the minister said.

Al Attiyah said the international community should realize now, more than ever before, the need to find an end to the crisis, stanch blood-letting and stop the destruction, and realize the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people to change while protecting the country’s territorial integrity.

The United Nations 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.

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 that has already started in order to be able to tackle the side effects of the revolts, Al Attiayh said.

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, the minister said.

In referring to the economic situation, the minister noted that the world was still seeking incentives for economic growth as a conduit to realizing social justice and security stability. Economic stability in the Middle East will certainly reflect on the international economy , and economic stability cannot be isolated from political stability, Al Attiyah said.

The challenges facing development should be tackled in order to avoid their risks and negative impact that threaten , directly or indirectly, the political and social stability, especially in the least developed countries.

This, he noted, could only be done through sectorial, stable development which require the building of economies that prioritize the interests of peoples. Security and development, he said, are the strategic options for the welfare and well-being of peoples.

He urged the international community to help the least developed countries to realize economic and social development, recalling Qatar’s efforts in extending development assistance worldwide.


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