PAM Delegation declares its support to concrete initiatives for the Mediterranean region at the 9th Meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue Foreign Ministers

PAM Delegation declares its support to concrete initiatives for the Mediterranean region at the 9th Meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue Foreign Ministers
PAM Vice President, Senator Francesco Amoruso(Italy) and Secretary General, Amb. Sergio Piazzi, participated at the 9th Meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue Foreign Ministers, hosted by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Giulio Terzi, in Rome on 20 February 2012.
PAM has been invited to participate in its capacity as the leading Mediterranean regional organization of parliamentary diplomacy, which is also entrusted with the parliamentary dimension of the 5+5 Dialogue, alongside the European Commission, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Union for the Arab Maghreb and the Arab League.

With reference to the priority issues concerning the political dialogue, as well as the financial, social and cultural cooperation in the region, Senator Amoruso underlined, also speaking on behalf of PAM President, Sen. Dr Fayez Al-Tarawneh of Jordan, the role of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean and its activities in these specific areas.  ‘UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in a meeting held a few week ago in Amman, has invited PAM to continue supporting the transition process in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, with whom PAM kept an open channel of communication and assistance throughout their most difficult weeks”, Sen. Amoruso said in his address to the 5+5 Dialogue Ministers of Foreign Affairs.  The same commitment was equally dedicated by PAM to the Middle East Peace Process and it has become a privileged forum where Israeli and Palestinian representatives met, even when official negotiations were at a standstill. PAM committment to support to poverty eradication in the region was appreciated by all partecipants.

During the Mediterranean Forum the same afternoon, PAM was represented by Secretary General, Amb. Piazzi, who on behalf of the Parliaments of the countries present at the meeting, reiterated PAM’s support to initiatives aimed at giving effective and concrete answers to the needs expressed by the Mediterranean peoples, particularly related to an equitable and sustainable socio-economic development. “This year, PAM is dedicating most of its efforts to  economic growth in the region in order to enhance employment opportunities and to establish a more structured framework to strengthen cooperation and tangible actions in the fields of governance, finance, free trade and particularly support to SMEs and Job Creation”, Amb. Piazzi said.
Amb. Piazzi also delivered a message on behalf of PAM Honorary President, Abdelwahed Radi, (Morocco), also President of the IPU, where he underlined the need to focus on  security, the control of the proliferation of armaments in the region, and a sustainable approach to socio-economic development, which will guarantee peace and stability in the Mediterranean.
PAM Vice President, Senator Francesco Amoruso and the Secretary General, also held a series of bilateral meetings with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, the Spanish Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, as well as with the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy and the Secretary General of the Union for the Arab Maghreb. The role of PAM’s parliamentary diplomacy as a strategic factor in strengthening democracy and the legislative processes, and other current and priority issues in the region were at the centre of these discussions.
Earlier in the day during the 5+5 Dialogue and the Mediterranean Forum the Foreign Ministers underlined the complementarities between PAM and other Mediterranean fora, a principle which is the driving force in PAM’s endeavours, since it is fully aware that such cooperation can strengthen synergies between the actions of the governments and the legislative role of National Parliaments on strategic issues, which now, more than ever need to be addressed, and more importantly followed by concrete steps on promised actions.
ISSUED ON:  21.02.2012
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