Coexistence and national unity: a forum held by Syrian activists

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20-01-2014

 

ARA News

Gaziantep, Turkey− Within the activities of the “Qamishlo House for all Syrians”, a civil society forum promoting national unity in the war-torn Syria, a forum for discussion was held under the banner “the future of the Middle East countries: Peaceful Coexistence or Partitioning, National Unity or Ethnical and Religious Affiliations and whether we are witnessing an end to the borders which were set by Sykes-Picot Agreement?” 

The Forum, held on Friday in the Turkish city of Antakya, hosted Wael Essam, a war correspondent and conflict analyst of the conflicts in the Arab World, within the efforts of the Forum in defining the essence of the current conflict in the Region in general and Syria in particular. 

Essam talked about the dilemmas of the Syrian conflict and its relation to the inherent dilemmas of the Arab World, and how they participate in the current conflicts in the Region. Besides, Essam called for looking at the conflicts non-sentimentally in visioning and analysing the reality.  

Essam referred also to the set of events which happened in conflict areas of the Middle East in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, and made a projection of these events on the current conflict in Syria. 

He also talked about the borders drawn by the French and British mandatory in the Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916, and whether these borders are unchangeable and whether they represent a national identity for the people of the Middle East, and the potential possibility changing these borders and drawing new lines as a solution for improving the coexisting among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in the region. 

On his part, journalist Sherwan Mella Ibrahim talked about the Kurdish conflict in particular and the Syrian in general, recalling a series of events and conflicts which hit the Region.  

Nesr Al-Din Ahme, the coordinator at the Qamishlo House, told ARA News: “The main and the most important purpose for the forum at the Qamishlo House is to listen to all the parties provided that they respect the principles of peace and coexistence and stay away from sectarian incitement, and to strive to build bridges of communication between the various ethnic and religious groups of the Middle East”.  

 

Source: ARA News

 

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