Rethinking urged on ‘Arab regional order'

ABU DHABI- Arab intellectuals who participated in a two-day symposium on the ‘Arab Regional System Amidst International Variables', have prepared a six point statement, underlining the need to reconsider the ‘Arab regional order' to face new challenges.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 6 May 2003, 12:33 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

The statement was drafted by political scientists, economists and writers, who participated in the symposium at Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up.

The statement said that the current Arab regional order had to be reconsidered due to the fundamental changes that had taken place in the area since the end of the cold war, dominance by a unipolar power, globalisation, the marginalisation of the role of the UN and also the big challenges now facing the Arab world.

Such a new reality, the intellectuals said, required granting the Arab regional order a new meaning and more advanced roles.

The symposium called on all Arab think tanks and political institutions to participate effectively in the process of developing the Arab regional order, to discuss its pros and cons and various dimensions for arriving at a formula for a regional order that expresses aspirations and hopes of the Arab nation for a bright present and a prosperous future.

They said that the modest results achieved by the joint Arab action in economic, political or social spheres pointed to the absence of a political will. The symposium thus calls for enhancing such a will with the aim of achieving the an Arab integration.

The intellectuals advocated the necessity of supporting the United Nations and its regional agencies in the Arab world in order to perform their role in protecting international legitimacy and nations' rights and interests.

Appreciating the Arab League, the symposium declared it the symbol of Arab unity, a forum for dialogue, and the place to resist antagonist powers and building up the bases for unity among Arabs.

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