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Talks the Only Way to Prove Political Responsibility in Bahrain
"Any existing differences and grievances can be discussed at length in talks with the government. It may be the only way to prove political responsibility and a viable way to have any just demands met in a peaceful and amicable manner," opined a UAE newspaper.

In an editorial entitled 'GCC and regional security," Khaleej Times also said that the stance of the Gulf Cooperation Council on the tensions in Bahrain speaks volumes for the unity and solidarity that exists among all member states.

This is especially important when viewed in the context of how external and/or internal seditious elements may be engaged in fanning unrest in a stable and peaceful zone, said the paper.

"The fact that the GCC states have promised to extend full political, economic and strategic support for maintaining stability and security should serve a reminder to those elements that hoped to capitalise on the current trend happening elsewhere in Northern Africa" said the paper.

What is being deliberately ignored is the inherent differences between GCC states and other states because of their respective socio-economic issues. What is worrisome is the sectarian card being brandished in the current unrest in Bahrain. This is why the GCC Ministerial Council moot in Manama on Thursday spoke in one unified voice and that too strongly against any attempts to destabilise and internally weaken a member state; noted the paper The reaffirmation to stand by and extend full cooperation to a GCC member state in the case of a security threat is in accordance with the GCC philosophy and the agreements and conventions that bind the states together in a regional cooperation nexus, the paper emphasised.

The GCC ministers appreciated the fact that His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain had only recently reiterated the need to strengthen national unity. The Bahraini King had also assured that the reform package initiated earlier by him would be further implemented in keeping with the national interests. Bahrain's endeavour for reforms is to enhance its citizens' ability to exercise their legitimate rights for a better future, prosperity and progress, noted the paper.

It deplored some elements in the opposition, who have made it clear that they have no qualms about compromising the sanctity of the state institutions and laws.

"Moreover, by using sectarian differences to create a polarisation of society, the troublemakers are hell bent on creating an eruption of instability", warned the paer.

Bahrain is not only an oil producing state, it also hosts a strategic US naval base to safeguard the extremely vulnerable oil shipping lanes of the Gulf, it added.

The important message relayed in the GCC decision to collectively safeguard Bahrain's political stability and security is that any threat in the present or in the future will be countered as per the commitment of the regional bloc, the paper stressed.

It expressed hope that the opposition will its methods and abandons confrontation that can only bring instability to a peaceful and progressive nation and will opt for talks.






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