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UPDATED: 07:53, June 30, 2005
Arab world ready for reforms: Moussa
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Arab League (AL) chief Amr Moussa has said that the end of the cold war and the globalization are the main reasons that lead Arab countries to the willingness to reform their social and political systems, local press reported Wednesday.

Moussa made the remarks while addressing a seminar on Tuesday at the Cyprus College in Nicosia.

"I have the hope that in the next few years a vital process of reform will start to transform the Middle East to a totally different region," said Moussa, who leaves Wednesday after an official visit to Cyprus.

According to Moussa, among the priorities of the Arab world for the next years is the democratization of the Arab world, their modernization, the free market, the settlement of the Palestinian question, the participation of the League in issues concerning Iraq, social and economic development, as well as the understanding between different cultures and religions.

"As you may have noted, I have not mentioned terrorism as our immediate priority. Not because terrorism should not be combated, it should of course, but this problem has to be seen as part of solving major political problems in the region," he said.

Noting that terrorism is not the father of all plagues, Mousa said that poverty and malnutrition are more crucial world issues that have to be solved, adding that deaths caused by terrorism are far less than the ones caused by poverty and malnutrition.

Referring to the regional security he noted that the region should become a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction.

"Iran has the right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The Arab world should be free of weapons of mass destruction. There should be no exemptions in this. It should be implemented by all states, including Israel," he said.

Referring to the situation in Iraq, Moussa expressed his disappointment, saying "we were told that Iraq would be an example of democracy. But see with your eyes the real situation now."

Iraq is a destabilization factor in the region, he said, adding that there should be a sound programme for reconstruction, a reconciliation process and a clear UN and Arab League role.

Source: Xinhua

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