OIC questions the credibility of the UN.
The secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has recently questioned the credibility of the United Nations Security Council. He first accused the Security Council for not being committed-enough to abide by their very own “Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict” advocacy, by using the current civil war in Syria as an example. Ihsanoglu uses the perpetually ongoing violence and bloodshed that Syrian opposition-groups experience from Bashar Al-Assad’s regime as a peculiar example where the Security Council’s aforementioned advocacy is absolutely futile. He later mentions the struggles of newly-independent Palestine. After Palestine gained non-member observer status at the UN, Palestinians newly legitimate right to freedom, sovereignty and self-determination is still non-apparent; the confiscation of Palestinian properties along with the construction of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territories by Israel is still ongoing. This struggle in Palestine is seen as the biggest challenge in regards to the credibility of the UN Security Council according to Ihsanoglu. http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp?t_id=7744
Dialogue; hope between Syrian government and opposition?
United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was recently summoned by the UN to mediate talks between Syrian opposition-groups along with Bashar Al-Assad’s government. Brahimi encouraged and emphasized that a dialogue between the two opposing blocs within United Nations premises could go a long way in stopping the civil war in Syria. Also, talks between envoys of four Arab states will begin shortly in Russia—an ally of Assad’s government. This talk will include the likes of secretary general of the Arab League Nabil Al-Arabi, and Syrian foreign minister Walid Mualem. Brahimi confirmed that Moaz Al-Khatib, president of the Syrian opposition-group known as the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces will also visit Moscow next month—all for the hope of finding a solution for the ongoing crisis in Syria. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107145244
GCC-EU economic integration?
Recent informal talks between the European Union (EU) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) negotiators regarding a free trade agreement are ongoing. The GCC suspended talks regarding such an agreement in 2008. The rationale behind such an agreement is that members’ of both organizations will now have easier and better access to each other’s valuable resources—such as Gulf fuels along with European machinery and transport materials. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2293740&language=en