Stability in Arab world to "remain a mirage" without good governance

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The view from the press tent as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the League of Arab States Summit in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, on 28 March, 2015. Photo: UN Spokesperson

Without good governance, the rule of law, respect for women's rights and all human rights, long-term political stability will remain a mirage for many Arab states.

That's according to the UN Secretary-General, who on Saturday was in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, attending the Summit of the League of Arab States.

In his remarks, he said he was addressing Arab leaders at a "pivotal time" for the region.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Ban Ki-moon called upon the leaders gathered in Egypt to work with each other to strengthen their bonds for the people of the region and the security of the world.

He said war and violence, reprehensible acts of terrorism, and what he called the "seemingly endless Israeli occupation of Palestine" are causing enormous suffering.

We must address the root causes that fuel extremism and violence.

Ban Ki-moon said security responses must be done in a way that protects human rights and dignity.

“Fighting extremism while committing abuses is not only wrong, he added, it is counter-productive.”

The UN chief explained that nowhere are the problems of governance and radicalism more pressing than in Syria, where civil conflict has now entered its fifth year.

To the leadership of the Arab World, he said he was confessing what he described as "his anger and shame".

The UN chef said he was angry at the relentless destruction in Syria, and felt shame at sharing what he called "the collective failure" to stop the "carnage" that has afflicted the Syrian people.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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