Speaker of Council of Nation Bensalah’s participation at 30th Arab Summit

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TUNIS-Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House), Abdelkader Bensalah, on Sunday, reaffirmed the need for “deep reforms” of the Arab League so that it adapts to the latest problems and finds adequate solutions to its problems.

In his address to the 30th Arab Summit in which he is taking part in his capacity as a representative of the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bensalah said that “today we are called, more than ever, to introduce far-reaching and urgent reforms to our pan-Arab organization, in order to adapt it to the current changes and find adequate solutions to the problems posed “.

In this sense, he referred to “the beginning of a new era of challenges in a world marked by a frantic pace of regional and international development and change”.

 “At this juncture, we are obliged to solve our own problems to enable our peoples to keep up with the development of the scientific, industrial and technological fields, a development that can not be achieved if we remain prisoners of our crisis and disputes, “said Bensalah, affirming the importance of” remaining confident about our ability to solve our problems. ”

Mr. Bensalah referred, in this context, to the Palestinian cause, highlighting “the constant positions of Algeria convinced that peace can not be achieved in the Middle East until the Palestinian people have acceded to their rights, namely; the establishment of its independent state with El Qods as its capital “.

To this end, he called for “the mobilization of efforts in support of the Palestinians, urging the international community to assume its full responsibility, by putting pressure on the occupying force to stop hostilities against the Palestinian people and to abide by the principles of international law and resolutions of international legality “.

Regarding the crisis in Libya, Mr. Bensalah expressed “Algeria’s conviction on the importance of adopting an approach based on the principle of non-interference in internal affairs “.

In this connection, he added that “Algeria will continue its efforts to encourage dialogue between the Libyan parties under the auspices of the United Nations in order to reach a consensual political solution capable of ending the crisis and preserving the unity, the territorial integrity of Libya and the cohesion of its people “.

He recalled, at the same time, “Algeria’s support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salamé in the implementation of the road map and his efforts to end to the crisis “, welcoming” the holding of the inclusive National Conference of the Libyan parties, scheduled for April 14 to 16 in Ghadames to agree on a roadmap “.

On the situation in Syria, Bensalah called for “the need to support the positive momentum in the country, while preserving the sovereignty, stability and unity of this country “.

Regarding the Golan issue, Bensalah said that “Algeria rejects the resolution to enshrine Israel’s sovereignty over this occupied Syrian territory contrary to Security Council Resolution No. 497 of 1981 and the requirements of the international legality “.

With regard to the situation in Yemen, he reiterated “Algeria’s support for the United Nations efforts in this regard to achieve the results culminated from talks in Stockholm and the need to bring together the necessary conditions for the resumption of the political solution while guaranteeing the unity, sovereignty, security, stability of Yemen and its social fabric “.

The Speaker of the Council of the Nation also highlighted “the great security challenges” facing the Arab world, namely; the scourge of terrorism, extremism, cross-border organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and clandestine migration, calling for “strengthening coordination mechanisms between Arab countries, their direct entourage and the international community to address these scourges, which have become a threat to the stability of the region”.

“Algeria has great hopes for this Summit to advance the Arab joint action process,” Bensalah said, adding that “Algeria will spare no effort to support all efforts to improve the climate in the Arab countries, unify the Arab ranks and strengthen the foundations of the dialogue.

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