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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

SAARC leaders should act quickly to regain the region for the People – SPUR

Melbourne, 18 December, (Asiantribune.com): Australian based, Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights has urged the leaders in the SAARC region to send a message of hope to their citizens rather than score points at each other county’s expense. The political custodians of the SAARC member countries should think of creating opportunities to bestow the region’s potential to its millions of people, SPUR pointed out.

In a press release, SPUR while endorsing the call of the Asian Tribune for the SAARC leaders to convene urgently a summit meeting on terrorism, has also requested the President of Sri Lanka to take the initiative to confer with the other leaders to utilize the critical message of terrorism, armed violence ignited by cross-border gangs aided by international players so that at a summit meeting crucial decisions can be taken effectively.

Given below the full text of the press release of SPUR:

The terrorist attack in Mumbai, Islamabad and the war in Sri Lanka should be a clarion call for the leaders and the people in SAARC countries to resolve that urgent attention is required to the crucially important security issues.

We are happy to endorse the timely proposal of by the Editorial Board of the Asian Tribune -17 Dec 2008- requesting the SAARC leaders to convene urgently a summit meeting.

Compared to the other international regional organizations the SAARC has been rather slow to realize the importance of working as a team in spite pressing bilateral and multilateral issues directly affecting the billions of people especially the burgeoning economic problems consequent on world economic meltdown.

The suspicion among some of the countries and the beggar my neighbour policy followed by some factions in the countries within the region have made it very easy for outside forces including groups who depend on armed violence to destabilize the region. Some international powers are fishing in the troubled waters in the region using foreign funding to leverage global political objectives.

SAARC countries together have a population of ----------which provides a strong regional market as well as a possible source of unrest, if the socio-economic issues are not managed effectively. SAARC region is strategically located in proximity to sea routes connecting the oil fields in the Middle East to the East Asian markets and abutting geopolitically important Russia and China. The agricultural resources in the region, if managed properly and tackled to encourage intra-regional economic relationship can boost the economy of the member countries while promoting regional identity.

The leaders in the SAARC region should send a message of hope to their citizens rather than score points at each other county’s expense.. With whole of India almost going into a state of shock when a few terrorists held Bombay to ransom, the Indian leaders and her people should consider that the time is ripe to build a
strong chain of regional friendship. The political custodians of the SAARC member countries should think of creating opportunities to bestow the region’s potential to its millions of people.

We request the President of Sri Lanka to take the initiative to confer with the other leaders to utilize the critical message of terrorism, armed violence ignited by cross-border gangs aided by international players so that at a summit meeting crucial decisions can be taken effectively.

We trust that the SAARC leaders will grasp the complexities of the urgent issues facing the region and move ahead as a formidable team.

- Asian Tribune -

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