Sunday, 7 October 2012

Ironically, this disgraceful meeting took place in Valletta, a city named after one of Europe's greatest heroes in the struggle against Islam.
VALLETTA: North African leaders sought to reassure Europe at a summit in Malta on Friday that the upheaval in their countries would ultimately generate more stability and investment opportunities.

Transitions in North Africa “are not a threat for Europe,” Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, who came to power last year after long-time ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled and the country held its first democratic vote.

“Don’t be afraid of Salafi Islamic groups,” Marzouki said following a wave of anti-Western protests across the Muslim world over a US video offensive to Islam and satirical cartoons published in France.

“Non-democratic Islamic systems would not be accepted by people. We want Islamic democracy, not autocracy,” said Marzouki, who has come under criticism in Tunisia for not doing enough to keep radical Islamist movements in check.

Marzouki also said there were “lots of opportunities” for European investment, adding that the region was “in bad need” of infrastructure.

He said Arab Spring states were “paying a heavy price” for democracy, a reference to the plunge in foreign investment and public finances woes.

Europe is our destiny,” said Marzouki, one of five Maghreb leaders at the talks with five European leaders including French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

“We have to rebuild the Maghreb,” he said, adding that Tunisia was planning to host a summit of the regional Arab Maghreb Union by the end of the year.

Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz said at the talks: “We are meeting after our region has seen political developments that will help stabilise it.

“Our countries are trying to reconcile democracy with good management.”The meeting is part of a diplomatic forum known as “Five-Plus-Five”, which was launched in Rome in 1990 and held its last summit in Tunis in 2003.

It brings together five European countries (France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain) and five Maghreb states (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia).

...“The events in North Africa are historic and they have consequences for every other country,” said Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.

“People in Misrata and Tripoli have given their lives for democracy… Our long-term objective should be a democratic North Africa, to see people there living in prosperity and peace,” Gonzi said.

A Maltese official told AFP that the informal nature of the forum “permits a more frank discussion” of themes expected to include security and immigration issues and new areas of cooperation like education, environment and energy.

On immigration, Marzouki said Europe should be “patient and understanding in this critical period of transition” over the flow of tens of thousands of undocumented migrants from North Africa to Europe since the Arab Spring.

The summit will allow the West to show its determination “to maintain an ambitious Mediterranean cooperation in spite of economic difficulties and the eurozone crisis,” a spokesman from the French president’s office said earlier.

Paris also wants to declare “its renewed confidence in the political process on the south shore of the Mediterranean and Maghreb in particular following the Arab Spring”, and “create productive, confident and varied ties”in the region.
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All of the English-language reporting I've seen left out some of the Tunisian president's other remarks.
In the speech he gave in the the Auberge of Castille in la Valletta, he underlined that the Euro-mediterranéen 5+5 forum also permits "a dialogue between civilisations". "We are complementary", he said, expressing the view that there was a need "to return to the tradition of intercultural dialogue which long ago permitted the Mediterranean region to enjoy prosperity".

But he underlined the necessity of "not touching on religious questions nor diminishing the dignity of peoples" and of "respecting our particularities in mutual confidence and reciprocity".
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tunisian President: "Europe is our Destiny"

Thats not news. Arab Muslims have always considered that Europe was given to them by allah.

DP111

Anonymous said...

Germany: Turkish Muslims consanguineous marriages leading to increased genetic defects...

http://www.unzensuriert.at/content/0010273-Verwandtenehen-unter-Zuwanderern-fordern-Gesundheitssystem

Maria José said...

The Cancer of the World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sPU9gtDKAk&feature=plcp

Anonymous said...

Document everything for use in their trials.

BayouCoyote, VIB

Anonymous said...

No HELL is your destiny mr.Tunisian president.

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