Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar- Diplomacy 'can help achieve democracy'  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 14/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Democracy can be achieved through diplomacy, not by force, former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin told the 14th Doha Forum yesterday.

"I would like to see more Western democracy send more professors, doctors and lawmakers rather than their armies to all the countries of the world and this is the only way to further democracy," he added.

He cited Iraq in 2003 as an example, in which "they thought through force they can create democracy that not only builds democratic and stable institutions but also leads to peace," he said, adding history has shown military intervention has been a failure. "For politicians, it is easier to go to war than implement peace because the military people follow orders but democracy is more complex than politics."

He urged a renewed energy to work towards diplomacy, giving more roles to diplomats and establishing dialogue with various parties regardless of their position.

He also stressed the need to create a "democratic diplomacy, which means diplomacy based on societies. More often diplomacy is between governments but it must recognise new actors in the civil society. We must exchange more with the civil society, that's how we build the democratic fabric."

To develop democracy, the best tools are regional organisations because best practices are exchanged between neighbours, he said, stressing the necessity to further the sharing of information and democratic knowledge through these regional organisations.

"Wherever we have weak regional institutions, democracy and peace are enfeebled, that's why the Middle East must give better roles to regional institutions as well as North Africa should work together and build ties among the countries. Democracy cannot be built in one country; it has to be shared with the neighbours as well."

Villepin referred to Second Age Democracy as something that is not imposed but shared through procedures that allow countries to evolve democracy through a historical phase. "Democracy requires time. It takes debates and discussions that allow democracy to assert and enroot itself in society. Democracy is not a state, it is not a nation, it is also a society that is awake and discusses ideas and gradual reforms."

There is no one model of democracy for all countries because democracy must adapt to local circumstances, taking into consideration cultures and civilisations, he explained. Political, social and ethnic minorities must be taken into account as a country transitions into a democracy.

"If we do not take those minorities in consideration, then democracy would be the victory of the strong against the weak, even with elections. If we want civil peace, we must give place to the minorities; that means we must develop consensus, a national union which encompasses everyone." For democracy to work, there should be respect for dignity of each person, and identities should be protected. "We know that wounded identities are source of violence and terrorism. We must make sure identities are respected, recognised and protected."


The Peninsula

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 4 2015 - Qatar's Central Bank governor cuts hopes of rate hikeMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar's central bank governor sought to cut expectations for rising interest rates after a jump in local bill yields suggested liquidity in the Qatari banking system was beginning to ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Jordan- UAE delegation visits the Mrajeeb Al Fhood campJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) A delegation from the UAE Ministry of Development and International Cooperation visited on Friday the Mrajeeb Al Fhood camp for Syrian refugees to check on services ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Russian airstrikes in Syria will strengthen Daesh, ObamaJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) US President Barack Obama said on Friday that Russia's airstrikes in Syrian that started last Wednesday, will ultimately empower Daesh terrorist group.Speaking from the ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Jordan- Border guards receive 209 new Syrian refugeesJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) A total of 209 Syrian refugees from various age groups, entered the Kingdom through various crossing points during the last 72 hours, according to a military source on ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Israeli forces kill Palestinian young man in JerusalemJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Israeli occupation forces Sunday morning shot dead a Palestinian teen near Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem.Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces opened fired on 19 ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Israel prevents Palestinians from entering JerusalemJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Israeli occupation police on Sunday banned Palestinians from entering the old city in East Jerusalem for two days, after two attacks against Israelis occurred in less ...

 Oct 4 2015 - First Gulf offers start-up financeThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) FGB claims to be the first bank in the UAE to offer a one-stop financing solution to start-ups. The bank's new 'Startup Proposition' offers new businesses a range of ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Dubai Holding net up 24% to AED2.6bThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group (DHCOG) announced a net profit of AED 2.6 billion for the first half of this year ending 30th June 2015, an increase of 24 ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Qatar to improve rank in Competitiveness Index-QBAThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, the Chairman of the Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) in press conference said that Qatar's economy is moving in the right direction and ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Mall of Qatar signs mega deal with Alshaya to open 30 storesThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar's largest leisure, entertainment and shopping complex, Mall of Qatar has signed a leasing agreement with M.H. Alshaya Co., one of the world's leading retail franchise ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help