PAM addresses security concerns in the Euro-Mediterranean and Gulf regions

PAM addresses security concerns in the Euro-Mediterranean and Gulf regions

On 4 June 2021, the 1st Standing Committee on Political and Security-related Cooperation held its annual gathering at the 15th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM). 

Committee President, Sen. Alia Bouran (Jordan), called on the Assembly to re-affirm its support for the Two State solution in the Middle East, and to build the political momentum towards the urgent resumption of negotiations for a sustainable and just peace. 

The parliamentary debate was characterized by a constructive exchange that addressed the concerns of both Palestinians and Israelis. There was a consensus that there is a need to stop the recurring violence and build on common ground for a comprehensive solution to address the underlying issues of the unsustainable status quo. 

Moreover, PAM Rapporteur on Security, Sen. Lhou Lmarbouh (Morocco), presented his findings also on the progress achieved in Libya, the volatile situation in Syria, the alarming violence in the Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen. He called on PAM MPs to engage in a new approach to the Middle East Peace process, more proactive and results oriented.

In a message to the Assembly, UN Special Envoy for West Africa and the Sahel, H.E. Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh, stressed that security cannot be detached from development. He added that the mobilization of resources through international cooperation is vital to guarantee peace and security in the region. 

Hon. Gennaro Migliore (Italy), PAM Rapporteur on Terrorism, informed the Assembly that, in 2020-21, parts of the African continent have become the core of international terrorist activity. There has been an expansion of ISIL affiliates, especially in the Western Sahel region, Lake Chad Basin, East Africa and Mozambique. 

He also expressed PAM’s concern over the ongoing issue of ISILsurvivors in battlefield detention in Syria and Iraq as unsustainable. He also encouraged PAM Parliaments to engage in constructive dialogue to explore viable options to take responsibility for their nationals and to bring terrorists to justice, in order to prevent future terrorist threats.//


Issued on: 07/06/2021


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