UAE partakes in IPU meetings in Ecuador
Quito: President Rafael Correa of Ecuador opened last night the 128th session of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU).The meetings are being attended by a delegation from the UAE Federal National Council (FNC), headed by Deputy Speaker Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi.
President Correa stressed in his opening speech the importance of adopting democracy as the ideal form of governance. He also referred to the key role played by parliaments in achieving peoples' aspirations and voicing their issues to their governments.
He added that democracy should always be coupled with economic and social development.
Meanwhile, the parliamentary delegations of GCC countries expressed their support to a proposal tabled by the UAE parliamentary division to the IPU's Standing Committee on Peace and International Security to reach an international consensus on incriminating abuse of religious symbols and to emphasise respect among different religions and cultures of the world as a key requirement for peace and security.
The GCC parliamentary delegation held a coordination meeting at the sidelines of the IPU 128th session during which they discussed items on the session's agenda. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Quito: Escalating conflicts are leaving devastating effects on civilians, especially women and children, from killings and injuries to disability and homelessness to forced abandonment of lands and properties, a UAE top MP has said.
Deputy Speaker of UAE Federal National Council (FNC) Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi told the 18th Meeting of Women Parliamentarians on the sidelines of the 128th IPU assembly that as conflicts in 2011 forced 26.5 million people to flee their homes and killings were on the rise.
This situation, she stressed, called for doubling international efforts to protect the civilian population.
She added that this responsibility should be jointly shared by governments and parliaments.
She also called for reconsidering international plans and resolutions for protecting civilians after the failure of the UN to provide protection to civilians during armed conflicts.
The UN Security Council, she noted, has failed to address the Syrian crisis and the humanitarian tragedy it has left behind as well as other conflicts in Africa.
She said that the UN Security Council's inability in this respect calls for a reform in its membership. She called on the IPU to enhance its role in this respect by setting up a technical work team to achieve mediation and reconciliation between warring parties.
Al Qubaisi also referred to the tremendous efforts the UAE is making to protect civilians and deliver humanitarian assistance. – Emirates News Agency, WAM