Promoting and consolidating new or restored democracies


12-Jan-2018 11:48

Though little noted in the West, Qatar’s enthusiasm for the Libyan revolt had been on display from the outset.

The emirate was instrumental in securing the support of the Arab League for the NATO intervention back in March, contributing its own military aircraft to the mission.

These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further developed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which enshrines a host of political rights and civil liberties underpinning meaningful democracies.

I also wish to thank the Government of Qatar, the host of the Sixth International Conference of New or Restored Democracies, for its continued commitment to the new or restored democracies process and its invaluable contribution to the success of the Doha Conference and its follow-up. The strategic approach adopted was firmly based on the embrace of the principles and values of pluralist democracy by developing countries, but also on the pathways to follow and the means of implementation to adopt in order Another objective of this new strategy was to encourage the emergence of organizations representative of civil society, particularly in regions of the world where they are isolated, still fragile or made vulnerable as a result of geographical, historical or cultural conditions (developing countries, emerging democracies, countries suffering from armed conflicts, etc.).As regards the proposal of putting to colleagues’ discussion new approaches likely to boost the process of peaceful settlement, an idea of «competition among three democracies» was initiated (in Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Mountainous Karabakh).It also gave 0 million to the rebels, helped them market Libyan oil out of Benghazi, and set up a TV station for them in Doha, the Qatari capital.

Following the conquest of Bab al-Aziziya, however, it became clear that the Qataris were deeply involved on the ground as well.

Not only did Qatar arm the rebels and set up training camps for them in Benghazi and in the Nafusa Mountains west of Tripoli; its own special forces—a hitherto unknown contingent—helped lead the August offensive on the capital.