Activating the Arab Role in Resolving Crises

  • 27 May 2008

The "Arab Ministerial Committee," which was formed by the Arab League, has succeeded in solving the Lebanese crisis. This historic achievement has prevented Lebanon from descending into a "civil war". It has paved the way for a new phase in Lebanese politics, a phase wherein has expressed the wish for comprehensive national agreement, which was further emphasized by the new Lebanese President, General Michel Sleiman, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony a couple of days ago.

This Arab triumph in resolving the Lebanese crisis at a delicate time, despite several sectarian, political and religious complexities, has revived faith in a lot of people on the ability of an Arab role in resolving several their crises facing Arab countries, such as those relate to the situation in occupied Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.     

Undoubtedly, the confidence built from the success of the “Arab mediation committee” that relied on an Arab role to find solutions for an Arab problem proved right. Despite the success of the Arab role in solving the longstanding Lebanese crisis, its job has not ended. It has witnessed many failures in the past and several short-term successes, which should dter it from taking things for granted. Thus, it has gained a lot od experience which it can exploit to play a more effective role in the settling various crises. The most important thing in this regard would be the building of a strong political will for an “Arab solution” to prevent foreign elements from exploiting intra-Arab differences to promote their agenda, which would not be in the national interests of Arab countries.

The most important point about the success of the Arab role in solving the Lebanese crisis—which resulted from the direct intervention of Qatar—is the existence of a collective Arab political consensus on helping Lebanon overcome its crisis and avert a major disaster. This means that a sincere Arab will exists for confronting other crises in the region.

Undoubtedly, the activation of Arab role is vital for finding solutions to various problems in Arab countries.  However, one cannot overemphasize the fact that the success of an Arab role in solving internal crises depends  largely on the political will of the concerned parties themselves. The constructive approach adopted by all Lebanese political parties, who were mindful of the danger of civil strife in Lebanon ensuing in case of their failure to come to an agreement, contributed to finding an agreeable formula for resolving the Lebanese crisis.  Thus, the will among Arab countries to solve their mutual differences is a pre-requisite for initiating a new phase of unity and solidarity among Arabs. This lies in the interest of the region’s stability in all circumstances.