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UAE confirms intention to form contact group on countering extremism

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

United tions, February 25: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced at the UN Security Council that it intends to launch a new diplomatic initiative aimed at building intertiol cooperation and facilitating dialogue through a “Contact Group on Countering Extremism”. This strategic effort would focus on developing and dissemiting concrete solutions and best practice in countering extremism.

Progress made through the contact group will complement and reinforce the efforts of the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and support the UN to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats in conformity with the principles of justice and intertiol law, as enshrined in the UN Charter.

Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs, in his statement Tuesday at the Open Debate of the UN Security Council, reaffirmed the commitment of the UAE to the core principles of the Charter.

Gargash offered some suggestions for strengthening the UN to deal with the range of complex and evolving challenges that exist today.

First, he said, the Security Council should increase its consultation and coordition with states concerned to prevent conflict. This would make the Council more effective, and ensure the full range of perspectives of those countries most affected were considered. Secondly, Gargash called for greater involvement and support for regiol organisations, as stipulated in Chapter 8 of the UN Charter. Their role as essential components of the intertiol security system must be utilised and supported by the Security Council.

Thirdly, he highlighted the human cost of protracted intertiol iction — with specific reference to the plight of the Syrian and Palestinian peoples.

With regard to Yemen, the UAE commended the Security Council, and specifically Jordan and Britain, for ensuring consultation of the Gulf Cooperation Council on Resolution 2201. Implementation was now the priority challenge.

Gargash stated that the UAE reaffirmed its commitment to the legitimate government headed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, called for the release of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah from house arrest, and urged a return to the political process that was derailed through the use of force by the Houthi militias.

Expressing the UAE’s horror at the ongoing terrorist attacks plaguing Libya and neighbouring countries, Gargash extended the UAE’s full support for UN Special Envoy to Libya Berdino Leon’s endeavours.

However, he noted a political strategy must be accompanied by a muscular posture. This would ensure that extremism and terrorism did not take advantage of the ensuing intertiol mediation. He reiterated the UAE’s call to lift the arms embargo on the legitimate Libyan authorities, which, he observed was a necessary step for the legitimate Libyan government and the House of Representatives to exercise their sovereign power.

Gargash also noted the progress made by the intertiol community in the fight against the IS. The UAE was one of 60 states to attend the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington, where the anti-IS coalition confirmed it has made strategic advances on the ground. At the UN, a number of resolutions had been adopted to cut off the fincial lifelines, stem the flow of foreign fighters and inhibit the use of social media by these groups.

While these efforts have been vital in the global campaign to tackle the threat of extremism, Gargash stressed on the urgent need to focus on cooperation to elimite the root causes of extremism. This challenge required a global, coordited and multi-stakeholder effort, he said. (IANS)

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