US Behind Rising Wave of Global Terrorism: Boutros-Ghali
"The Arabs have the clue about solving the Iraq crisis," Ghali said
By Hamdi Al-Husseiny, IOL Correspondent
CAIRO, September 18 (IslamOnline.net) - Former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali held the US administration accountable for rising wave of terrorism, saying Washington’s unilateral approach has fuelled civil wars across the world.
Boutros-Ghali also asked American President George W. Bush to order his forces out of Iraq and to allow Arab countries mediate a peaceful settlement to the crisis gripping the war-scarred country.
Currently holding the presidency of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Boutros-Ghali blamed the US policies for the break-up of many conflicts everywhere in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
“The US adopts a unilateral approach in handling international conflicts, without taking into account viewpoints of other world countries that have different mechanisms to settle them.”
He said the Middle East long-standing conflict makes a case in point.
“Washington has turned down attempts by the European Union to mediate a settlement to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, at the same time it also supports Israel’s right-wing parties.”
Boutros-Ghali believes such a US unilateral approach causes to complicate the situation in the Middle East and “plays into the hands of terrorists to gain more ground in the Arab and Islamic countries.”
The former Egyptian diplomat was elected to the top post of the UN in 1992 - but the US veteoed an extension of his term to 2001 despite approval of many other member states of the world organisation.
Violence Begets Blood
The 82-year-old Boutros-Ghali called on the Bush administration to withhold its staunch support for the ruling Israeli Likud party in order to help establish peace in the region.
“Violence begets violence. This is exactly the situation in the occupied territories as only one side has warplanes and tanks, a fact naturally leading the other side to try to possess a weapon to use in its defense.”
The ex-UN secretary general expected the deteriorating situation in the region to continue as long as the US kept siding with Israel.
“The situation will keep move worse till the world system is turned into bipolar for allowing to better run the world affairs.”
He warned that Palestinians have made up a “ticking population bomb”, as the number will rise up remarkably to make Jews in Palestine a 40 percent minority.
Arabs Have ‘Iraq Clue’
The former UN chief said the Arab countries are the one and only party having capacity to settle the Iraq crisis.
“The Arabs have the clue about resolving the crisis in Iraq.”
“The Iraqi crisis would not be solved by foreign parties. The task must be left for an Arab mediator approved by all Iraqi parties for helping draw up a better and democratic future for Iraq as was the case with the Lebanese civil war,” Ghali said.
Boutros-Ghali, the former Secretary General of La Francophonie, called on the US administration to pull out forces from Iraq for putting an end to the bloodshed in the war-torn country.
“The mistake of the US administration is that it only adopted force to achieve its goals and sought the help of inexperienced experts to do this - something which has led to the ongoing tragic situation in the Arab country.”
The former veteran Egyptian diplomat said the US administration has admitted that it has made a grave mistake when it had launched an offensive on Iraq.
He said Washington now searches for a way for its troops to pack up and leave the Iraq as Iraqis and peoples of the region could not accept the fact that the oil-rich country is under the occupation of foreign forces.
Boutros-Ghali was the sixth secretary general of the United Nations on 1 January 1992 and served for a five-year term.
At the time of his appointment by the U.N. General Assembly on 3 December 1991, Ghali was Egypt's deputy prime minister for foreign affairs.
He further had a role in negotiating the Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel, signed in 1979.