Friday, April 29, 2011

Will place the Arab League summit this year?

Even before the political earthquake that shook the Middle East, the conclusion of the annual summit of the Arab League, scheduled for mid-March in Baghdad, was doubted by many. The reason was the threat of extremist groups to disrupt the event pump base, a prospect that made it unappealing to the Arab leaders in themselves tend not to unnecessary risks, to fly to Baghdad.

But after the Arab spring that is changing the regional composition irreversibly, the meeting seems impossible. One good reason is that, even if it occurred, would lack a quorum for taking any decision. But the differences among Arab countries at the expense of popular revolutions that have aggravated sectarian differences of the two large blocks (Sunni and Shi'a) are the most complicated the meeting.

A week ago Ahmad Bin Heli, vice-head of the Arab League secretary-general, Amr Musa, is too busy in Cairo seeking support to become the next president Egyptian, formally announced the postponement of the summit until the month of May. He did almost a month after the date of the celebration, but the Arab revolution, which has been reflected in Iraq in the form of demonstrations with many dead-darkened to the extent any other matter that nobody was surprised.

But what has angered the Iraqi government has allocated tens of millions of dollars, according to the Lebanese weekly Hebdo Magazine, to beautify the capital for the event "an outrage to an impoverished population, is the request of the Gulf Cooperation Council ( CCG), which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to cancel the summit.

Announced by the Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, as revealed by Twitter that the Gulf Council Amr Musa had requested the annulment by an official letter. Did not provide reasons, but the context of the message was unmistakable: Bahrain had regretted the Government's policy-Iraqi-Shiite demonstrators in support of the small island, a Shiite majority, repressed by the Sunni Muslim dynasty that ruled them for two centuries .

The situation in Bahrain, where troops have entered GCC to help Al Khalifa in a move seen by Shiites as a simple military invasion has inflamed the sectarian war, as is making the situation in Syria, where a Sunni majority is governed by a Shiite dictatorship. The two broad Arab move to support their sects, not the people who demand freedom and democracy, exacerbating a division that has been present in the region since the advent of Islam.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, "he suggested during a meeting with Secretary General of the Arab League in Cairo last weekend, hold an extraordinary meeting at ministerial level on 5 May to discuss the matter and a decision, "according to Kurdish news agency. Speaking to RFI, the Iraqi deputy Mohammed Sayhud, the party of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, emphasized that "Iraqis prefer to see the summit postponed to hold a formal meeting, meaningless, and celebrated by Arab leaders at times have been in power for over four decades.

" That has been the norm of the Arab summits in recent years. In this issue should be held casualties of that club of deans: the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents accuse so low, the Libyan rais League was suspended after bomb their civilians leaders from Yemen, UAE, Bahrain and Syria are too busy repressing their people to cling to power, those responsible for Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq itself focus on making concessions to abort a rising higher and only the Palestinians seem to give good news, thanks to the principle of reconciliation agreement , historical, initialed in Egypt.

The consensus is that, hopefully, the next Arab League summit will take place next year and not in Baghdad. For some analysts, this is the coup de grace "to an organization viewed by their populations as a club of satraps.

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