Debate at the EU Parliament “The Arab Spring, what’s next”June 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Tags: Amre Moussa, Arab Spring, EU Parliament Debate
Dr. Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative and Merry Fitzgerald of Europe-Turkmens Friendships Association attended the debate.
Extraordinary Spinelli Debate at the EU Parliament on
20th June 2011
“The Arab Spring, what’s next”
Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, President Group of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe, and
Isabelle Durant, MEP, Vice-President EU Parliament received
Amre Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Presidential Candidate for Egypt
BRUSSELS, 20th June 2011
Amre Moussa whose term as the chief of the Arab League ends in 10 days was received at the EU Parliament. He addressed a jam-packed hall.
Several Members of the European Parliament were present.
Leila Shahed, Envoy of the Palestinian Authority was also present.
Amre Moussa started by reminding the audience that the Arab uprising which is called the Arab Spring had started spontaneously in Tunisia and thereafter in the Arab world after a young Tunisian called Mohammed Bouazizi put himself on fire.
Amre Moussa said that procrastination to solve problems in the Middle-East must stop.
On Libya Amre Moussa said: “We have to protect the civilian population and we do not accept the partition of Libya. We have to preserve the sovereignty of Libya and we have to take into consideration the aspirations of the Libyan people and we should not stifle their aspirations” .
On Egypt he said he is Presidential candidate. Several young Egyptians living in Belgium commented that seeing that he supported Mubarak in the past they did not think he should present himself and they also said that younger candidates are preferable. Amre Moussa proposed to meet with them the next day, saying he would convince them to vote for him.
On Palestine, he said that the Palestine question is a top priority for Egypt, the Arab world and Europe. He said “We have failed in the process of peace “. He called on the Palestinians to go before the UN for a recognition of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
On Syria, he said: “ We are talking about a regional problem, a problem that will affect several countries around Syria, but we cannot accept the mistreatment of civilians. We are disturbed by the increasing number of casualties and the number of people fleeing the country.
Amre Moussa called on the EU to support the process of change and democratisation in the Arab world without putting any conditions. “We suffer within the Spring but it remains a Spring, and we are going to move from Spring to Summer, to Winter, and the four seasons will work and I firmly believe that they are going to work in favour of progress, of change and for a better future” .