Arabs need to have voice in Security Council, says da Silva

March 15, 2011

Ahmet Davutoglu

The United Nations Security Council is a “club of friends” rather than a body of global governance, the former president of Brazil said, stressing that Arabs needed to have one representative.

“How can we explain that the Arab countries do not have at least one representative at the United Nations Security Council?” Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva asked in a keynote address at the sixth Al Jazeera Forum in Doha.

“The multilateral bodies today need a democratic reform so that they can give a voice and a chance to all. It is necessary to change this rationale of the world geopolitics and the rationale of the trade policies. It does not suffice that we have democracy in our countries, it is necessary to prevail this democracy in the international relations and in the international bodies,” Da Silva said, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula on Monday.

The former leader said he believed the world was going towards new global governance, and the countries and the world organisations such as trade organisation, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank need to understand that the world is moving towards democratic governance, he said.

However, referring to the socio-political changes happening in the Middle East, Da Silva said that assessing the dimension of the events was premature.

“It’s too early for us to have the exact dimension of what’s happening in the Middle East,” he said.

In his speech, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu said that the recent events in the Middle East were part of the “natural flow of history.”


The Turkish official said that two major “abnormalities” in the last century disrupted the natural development of social, economic and political justice and equality.

Colonialism in the first half of the 20th century divided the region into spheres of influence under European control, severing the “natural links between people and entities” such as the natural economic and social connection between Damascus and Baghdad, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported.

The Cold War further separated the region through allegiances, with Turkey and Syria becoming a “border of two blocks”.

Davutoglu stressed the need for stronger regional ties between intellectuals, politicians, societies and economies and called for more meetings between the media of the countries in the region in order to move away from the past towards a “common destiny”.

According to Davutoglu, “change must be without new divisions”.”

“We want strong states, and we believe that after this transformation, states in our region will be stronger. What we need is more unification and more unity,” he said in his speech on ‘The Arab World in Transition: Has the Future Arrived?’

Regional cooperation needs to be strengthened without intervention from one country to another.

“No intervention but there should be regional cooperation. Politicians of this region should come together in order to decide what we need for the region. There should be more regional forums, not only meetings but opportunities for interaction among the intellectuals and media of our region,” he told an audience of an international mix of politicians, journalists, analysts, academics, intellectuals, traditional and new media experts, activists, bloggers and strategists.

However, he insisted that the legal status of states and territory should not be changed during the transformation process in the region.

Davutoglu said that several reasons have delayed democracy in the Middle East for years, but history should become normalised now.

“Some countries thought that Arab nations do not deserve democracy. They acted to prevent Islamic radicalisation,” he said.

“Everybody deserves democracy. People’s demand should be respected. Young people and the people of the region do not want a luxurious life. They just want to see respect,” he was quoted as saying by The Peninsula.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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