Qatar calls for effort to solve Mideast problems through dialogue

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 — Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, said here Thursday that conflicts and disputes in the Middle East can best be solved through dialogue, calling for efforts to avoid the use of force and settle disagreements based on international law and the UN Charter.

Al-Thani's statement came at the annual general debate at the UN General Assembly, which focused this year on reaffirming the UN 's centrality in global governance.

The emir told the assembly that as part of disarmament and conflict prevention, the U.S. should engage in direct dialogue with Iran about that country's controversial nuclear program.

"We have repeatedly stressed the importance of reaching this solution through peaceful and diplomatic means," Al-Thani said.

Regarding the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Palestine, Al-Thani said that Israel is flouting violating humanitarian and international law that the UN holds dear through blockades of Gaza and the May 31 Gaza flotilla incident.

"We have now reached a historic juncture in the process of the settlement of the question of Palestine, for everyone has realized that the Arab countries will not accept the peace that Israel wants to impose as it pleases and outside international legitimacy, " Al-Thani told the assembly.

Al-Thani also spoke from the General Assembly rostrum of the war on terror, saying that "though the phenomenon of terrorism exists, it should not be treated by waging wars."

Al-Thani said that in addition to slandering the Islamic faith by equating it with terrorism, the so-called "war on terror" has "undermined the efforts made in dialogue among cultures," and caused death and destruction.

"It has plunged us into a kind of war with no limits, nor end, nor logic, nor legal or moral conditions," he said. "Some of this is still happening and although we note that the current U.S. administration has discarded the use of the term 'war on terror,' we are still looking forward to clearer and bolder initiatives." (PNA/Xinhua)

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