ALGERIA’S BENSALAH SAYS REFORM OF ARAB LEAGUE A MAJOR CHALLENGE

NOUAKCHOTT, -- The reform of the Arab League and the development of its mechanisms are among major challenges facing Arab countries, says the Speaker of Algeria's Council of the Nation (upper House of Parliament), Abdelkader Bensalah.

In his address to the 27th Arab Summit which opened here Monday as the representative of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bensalah said reform of the Arab league would bring about the required efficiency to Arab countries' joint action to adapt to the current requirements in the Arab world and to address the new challenges with a view to promoting the joint Arab action to serve national causes and meet the expectations of their peoples.

He also stressed that the current regional and international context required that the Arab League Summit adopts a joint strategic vision in addressing issues related to security and socio-economic policy, especially the fight against terrorism and the spread of terrorist groups, which threatens the security and stability of Arab countries.

In this regard, he stressed the need for the international community to join efforts to combat terrorist organizations within the framework of a United Nations international strategy.

Bensalah added that Algeria, "which fought alone against terrorism for a decade, has continuously warned against the dangers of the transnational scourge".

"In order to combat it, Algeria has adopted a comprehensive approach, not limited to the security dimension, but taking into consideration the cultural, religious and socio-economic aspects, while promoting the values of justice, dialogue and national reconciliation in the resolution of conflicts," he said.

Regarding the Palestinian question, he said this issue "remains among our main concerns, especially in view of the deadlock in the peace negotiations, due to the stubbornness of the Israeli occupying force, its violations of the most fundamental human rights and its obstinacy in disregarding international law and denying the Palestinian people their legitimate right to establish their independent State, with Al-Quds as its capital".

"Algeria urges the United Nations and the international community to assume their responsibilities by exerting pressure on the occupying force to make it abide by the international law, especially the resolutions of the UN Security Council," said Bensalah.

As for the situation in Libya, Bensalah said that "despite the difficult situation in the country, there are positive signs towards the political resolution of the crisis, with the installation of the Presidential Council in the capital Tripoli, the formation of the Government of National Accord and the reunification of ranks, which will allow the brotherly and neighbouring country to resolve the crisis, restore security and stability and preserve its territorial integrity".

He added that Algeria had continuously worked, since the beginning of the crisis, for a peaceful political solution and for the restoration of peace and stability within the framework of the mechanism of Libya's neighbouring countries by hosting, at the request of the UN, several rounds of national dialogue, driven by its conviction that the resolution of the Libyan crisis could only be through national dialogue and national reconciliation.

Based on this principle, Algeria had committed to continuing to support the neghbouring brotherly country in its efforts to restore peace and stability, and expressed readiness to cooperate with the institutions stemming from the political accord to assist them in addressing the political, security and economic challenges, said Bensalah.

He also called on all Arab countries to support the Libyan government to allow it to fulfill its mission for building State institutions, achieving national reconciliation and fighting against terrorism and organized crime, in order to preserve Libya's sovereignty and unity and prevent any foreign intervention in the country.

Regarding Syria, Bensalah said that the security and humanitarian situation in the country was deteriorating owing to the war, which had continued despite the ceasefire declared since late February 2016, the resumption of peace negotiations to find a consensual political solution that takes into consideration the unity and sovereignty of Syria and the adoption of the national reconciliation policy.

As for the crisis in Yemen, Bensalah said Algeria hoped that the ongoing negotiations between the Yemenite parties would succeed in finding a consensual political solution, which is the only means to end the crisis and restore stability and security in the country.

Source: Name News Network