Friday, September 24, 2004

Boutros-Ghali: blame America!

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN secretary general, blames the US for the recent spike in terrorism:

Former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali held the U.S. administration accountable for rising wave of terrorism, saying Washington’s unilateral approach has fuelled civil wars across the world.

Boutros-Ghali also asked American President George W. Bush to order his forces out of Iraq and to allow Arab countries mediate a peaceful settlement to the crisis gripping the war-scarred country.

Currently holding the presidency of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Boutros-Ghali blamed the U.S. policies for the breakout of many conflicts everywhere in Africa, Latin America and Asia. “The U.S. adopts a unilateral approach in handling international conflicts, without taking into account viewpoints of other world countries that have different mechanisms to settle them.” He said the Middle East long-standing conflict makes a case in point. “Washington has turned down attempts by the European Union to mediate a settlement to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, at the same time it also supports Israel’s right-wing parties.” Boutros-Ghali believes such a U.S. unilateral approach causes to complicate the situation in the Middle East and “plays into the hands of terrorists to gain more ground in the Arab and Islamic countries.”


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