11/28/2005

Progress in the Condemnation of Terror?

The European Union and members of Mediterranean states meet to hammer out an anti-terrorism code. The Mediterranean states participating were Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior delegates from Egypt, Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco.

In the two day summit, Arab insistence that "violence" was allowable by those under "foreign occupation" was overcome.

Still, participants praised the anti-terrorism code, which reiterates the "total condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and our determination to eradicate it." It also declares terrorism is a "global challenge" requiring international cooperation to stop.
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The anti-terrorism code of conduct commits the EU, Israel and its Arab neighbors to "prevent terrorists accessing money and weapons, to disrupt their plans and disrupt their networks and to bring them to justice by strengthening international cooperation."

The response to terrorism must be "proportionate and solidly anchored within international and domestic legal frameworks that ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms," it also says.Yahoo News

I'll believe the Arab countries commitment to this when they voice condemnation upon suicide bombers, Qassam rocket attacks, and drive by shootings in which Israeli citizens are the victims and targets.

One thing I was happy to see was that the European Union is going to link more directly it's financial aid to the Arab countries democratic and economic reforms.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Felis said...

"One thing I was happy to see was that the European Union is going to link more directly it's financial aid to the Arab countries democratic and economic reforms."
I will be happy to see it.
I mean the EU coutries going a little further than words.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

felis,

It would be nice if they actually did tie financial aid to reforms. It would be nicer if they would go one step further and tie it into stopping terrorist acts, say in Palestine.

5:28 PM  

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