UAE’s Vision Supports Peace Process
- 2 March 2009
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in his meeting with George Mitchell, the US Special Envoy for the Middle East, reaffirmed the UAE’s support for the peace process in the Middle East and the necessity of making concerted efforts for reactivating it. During the meeting, His Highness called for a combination of Arab, US and European efforts for formulating practical mechanisms to revive Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, and expressed the UAE’s desire to support and cooperate in various endeavors aimed at achieving the ambitions and hopes of the peoples of the region through a just and comprehensive peace based on legitimate international resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.
These assertions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlight a number of important truths, without which true and lasting peace cannot be achieves in the Middle East. First among these is the fact that the activation of the peace process requires broad international and regional cooperation, in addition to providing an influential role to the big international powers—headed by the US—for achieving peace. In the wake of the enormous complexities facing the peace process, there is a need for a positive international action, particularly as the peace process would face in the future a new hard-line government in Israel, known for its extremist stance on peace with Arabs and Palestinians. The history of the peace process shows that the international role has been of great influence in deciding the process. Second, real peace relies on the basic references represented by the resolutions of international legitimacy and the principles of land-for-peace, the importance whereof comes from Israel’s persistent efforts to dodge and bypass all important references and to impose new agreements that are incapable of achieving the ambitions of Arabs and the Palestinians in retaining their occupied territories and establishing an independent Palestinian State as per international resolutions. Third, people of the region have placed their hopes in peace after having suffered for a long period from wars, destruction and bloodshed, and it is the key to regional stability and rejection of violence and radicalism in the Middle East region. For this reason, the stability, security and development of the region is closely related to the achievement of peace. Fourth, the UAE strongly supports peace and is keen on being part of any initiative for attaining it and has always championed Arab and Palestinian rights. The UAE’s stance on the Middle East peace process springs from its state policy established since the time of its formation in 1971. This stance is based on the principle of achieving peace worldwide and that stability is the cornerstone of development and progress, while conflicts and wars merely lead to destruction and devastation. From this perspective, the UAE was and still remains the exponent of peace in the international arena, not only in words but in deeds as well. Perhaps, the UAE’s role in peace keeping operations around the world, which has received internationally praise and appreciation, clearly validates this fact and reflects its desire of a world founded on stability and peaceful cooperation.