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UAE underscores importance of serious international determination to address root causes of emerging conflicts

posted on 20/10/2010: 824 views



New York - The UAE before the UN General Assembly has underscored the importance of demonstrating a true and serious international determination to address the root causes of emerging conflicts and disputes, especially those which resulted from the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories.

"We are on the path of building bridges of confidence and partnerships with the rest of the world through promoting the culture of dialogue, tolerance, openness and constructive cooperation with all countries and with regional groupings and international parties. These principles were also reflected in a series of national legislations and laws which ensured harmony and peaceful co-existence among ethnic groups and followers of different faiths, and guaranteed their freedom to practise their religious rites ceremonies and within their cultural diversities in the United Arab Emirates. This has contributed to consolidating justice, strengthening the rule of law and promoting the respect for human rights and stability in the our country", said Ahmed Al-Jarman, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in a statement before 65th Session of the General Assembly on items: Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilisations and Culture of peace.

He added: "We attach great importance to the efforts made by the United Nations and other states towards strengthening international peace and security, rule of Law and concepts of tolerance, understanding, multilateralism, solidarity among nations and culture of peace. We emphasise that in order to achieve all these goals, in the first place we need to have a genuine global partnership which aims at encouraging dialogue among the various cultures and civilisations and instilling the spirit of tolerance and respect for the sanctities of other peoples and understanding the sensitive aspects of the cultures, especially in this globalised age we live in and its modern communication technologies which provide unique and increasing opportunities for connecting and reaching people".

"We also emphasise in this regard the need to address attempts aimed at defaming religions and inciting religious hatred in general by developing local, regional and international strategies which are based on constructive debates and dialogue among cultures, and the full respect for all beliefs and religions. In this regard, we declare our support, continued for the last 10 years, for the Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilisations, which was adopted by the General Assembly Resolution No. 56/6. We also affirm our support for declaring 2010 as an international year for rapprochement of cultures, with a view to demonstrating that diversity is a source of enrichment and creativity to humanity,” said Ahmed Al-Jarman.

Full text of the statement:

Ahmed Al-Jarman Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations before 65th Session of the General Assembly on items: 14. Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilisations 15. Culture of peace New York, 18 October, 2010

Mr. Chairman, The discussions of the General Assembly on items relating to the Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilisations and the Culture of Peace are of special importance, particularly at this time while humanity continues to face growing trends of inequality, occupation, oppression, conflicts, violations of human rights and other forms of hatred and discrimination, which increased manifestations of extremism and defamation towards cultures and beliefs of others. The recent public tensions resulting from the irresponsible and intolerant campaigns calling for offending Islam and Muslims and foreigners in general, and public reactions towards these campaigns, draw the attention to the gravity of this problem and its implications, and provide a strong motive for reinforcing our efforts towards strengthening mechanisms of dialogue and religious and cultural tolerance among all peoples, who all share without exception the common heritage of mankind.

The United Arab Emirates, which believes that dialogue among civilisations and culture of peace are key priorities in its global strategy for protecting societies against forms of violence, extremism and terrorism, was one of the first countries to support the initiative on dialogue among civilisations launched by Turkey and Spain in 2005, as well as the initiative launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Shrines, King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud and all other important endeavours made by the UN in this regard. The United Arab Emirates also supported the declaration of the International conference on dialogue held in Spain in 2008, which called for promoting the principles of peace and dialogue among religions, and the recent ministerial meeting of the Alliance of Civilisations which was held on the sidelines of the General Debate of the current session of the General Assembly.

The United Arab Emirates is on the path of building bridges of confidence and partnerships with the rest of the world through promoting the culture of dialogue, tolerance, openness and constructive cooperation with all countries and with regional groupings and international parties. These principles were also reflected in a series of national legislations and laws which ensured harmony and peaceful co-existence among ethnic groups and followers of different faiths, and guaranteed their freedom to practise their religious rites ceremonies and within their cultural diversities in the United Arab Emirates. This has contributed to consolidating justice, strengthening the rule of law and promoting the respect for human rights and stability in the United Arab Emirates.

These efforts by the United Arab Emirates were not only at the national level, but also at the international level, including the extension of direct and indirect economic, humanitarian and relief assistance to developing countries and countries emerging from conflicts and natural disasters with a view to supporting efforts aimed at achieving national reconciliation, rehabilitation and stability in these countries, and in promoting culture of peace and respect for human rights. As a member of the Inter-governmental Commission for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, under the auspices of the UNESCO, the UAE worked on enhancing its multifaceted contributions towards the protection of the common heritage of mankind.

Mr. Chairman, We attach great importance to the efforts made by the United Nations and other states towards strengthening international peace and security, rule of Law and concepts of tolerance, understanding, multilateralism, solidarity among nations and culture of peace. We emphasise that in order to achieve all these goals, in the first place we need to have a genuine global partnership which aims at encouraging dialogue among the various cultures and civilisations and instilling the spirit of tolerance and respect for the sanctities of other peoples and understanding the sensitive aspects of the cultures, especially in this globalised age we live in and its modern communication technologies which provide unique and increasing opportunities for connecting and reaching people.

As we believe that dialogue among civilisations must take various forms, including the North-South dialogue, the East-West dialogue and the other forms of cultural exchange, we affirm that mutual enrichment of any dialogue in this context must be on the basis of equality objectivity and transparency, and must include adequate measures to address any acts of violence or discrimination based on religion, race or sex, in order to contain their negative impact on societies. We, therefore, call for developing a standardised global approach to deal with acts which constitute a clear and continuing threat to peace, security and stability in the world. Measures for criminalisation of solicitation to violence on religious pretexts, including incitement to abuse or desecrate sanctities of other religions, should be also adopted.

We also emphasise in this regard the need to address attempts aimed at defaming religions and inciting religious hatred in general by developing local, regional and international strategies which are based on constructive debates and dialogue among cultures, and the full respect for all beliefs and religions. In this regard, we declare our support, continued for the last 10 years, for the Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilisations, which was adopted by the General Assembly Resolution No. 56/6. We also affirm our support for declaring 2010 as an international year for rapprochement of cultures, with a view to demonstrating that diversity is a source of enrichment and creativity to humanity.

This also leads us to realising the importance of demonstrating a true and serious international determination to address the root causes of emerging conflicts and disputes, especially those relating to the oldest of these conflicts which resulted from the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories.

Finally, we hope our deliberations on these two items will lead to strengthening our plans towards achieving a greater understanding, rapprochement and openness among countries and nations, especially in the area of containing and addressing the most pressing regional and international issues, including the issues of security, peace, disarmament, poverty, unemployment and violations of human rights. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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