In the name of Yemen delegation I greet you all. Yemen Republic since 1990, adopted democracy not as a choice but firmly as a destiny. Any alternative will be worse with acknowledgement of all without distinction. Yemen in its unique experience integrated tribal communities into political parties very smoothly. They participate actively in elections. With education and fighting illiteracy, Yemen sure will develop. The third Parliamentarian elections took place last April successfully. Women participation was very remarkable. 3.5 Million Against 5 Million of men in a population of (20) Million, with more than 70% registered voted last April.
Yemen knows well that democracy has no meaning without freedom of expression , (70 magazines and journals and over 20 political parties) human rights, separation of powers, fighting corruption, encouraging NGO's (exceeding 2200), elected local governance (two years ago) presidential elections (in 1999), transparency, etc…
All is taken into consideration and still far from what it should be. But with practice and education of both Women and Men we will reach our goals.
Yemen as other developing democracies is seeking sustainable development and eradication of poverty, that can not be achieved, unless world wide cooperation takes place (half the population under line of poverty i.e. 10 million according to WB report). If you permit me dear colleagues to request in your name an appeal through your conference to U.N. to support developing democracies with the following;
1) Debts of developing democracies to be exempted, or at least their interests to be dropped. (Yemen with 7 Billion Dollars as Debt) .
2) Poverty have reached more than billion people in the globe with income about (1-2) dollars/ day threatens not only democracy but also flourishes terrorism!! On the other hand few people around (300) persons have the means of half the globe all together. We think rich countries should take serious measures with responsibility along in harmony with international institutions within the frame of globalism to solve the problem.
3) The support of world bank and IMF to grant soft and unconditional loans for real development, away from corruption is a must.
As to terrorism, we are afraid that liberation movements in the world, and struggle of nations against occupation will be stamped with terrorism. That is why U.N. must have a leading role, and under its umbrella , we all should join together to fight terrorism.
We look forward, dear colleagues, for your conference approval to request U.N. to define terrorism which has no religion and no land, that threatens world peace and stability. We need very urgently a unified vision towards terrorism far away from Resistance against occupation as approved by U.N. charter.
With best wishes to the Fifth International Conference of New and Restored Democracies, and deep thanks to Mongolia, President, Government, and people for their hospitality, kind reception and guidance of the Conference.
IPU took two recommendations proposed by Yemen Delegation, in its find draft. One calling UN for International Conference on Terrorism. The second is to look into debts of new democracies and restored democracy countries. The Indian delegate in final draft committe expressed his surprise to take two recommedations from Yemen adn nothing from India.
After conference the Arab Ambassadors in China in their periodic meeting expressed their gratitude to Yemen delegation for active presence in the conference, where most of Arab delegations were represented with their Ambassadors in China.
*from The Free Dictionary Anna Lindh, Swedish Politician, Stabbed (2003)
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