podcast

Libya, Syria, Palestine and bin Laden

04/05/2011 9:00 am

Syria uprising

In a packed Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian joins us to take a close look at four subjects starting with the deteriorating situation in Syria. We also examine the International Criminal Court's decision to seek three arrest warrants for crimes against humanity in Libya. Then the focus shifts to a meeting in Cairo, Egypt that saw the signing of a reconciliation agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas. Finally we analyse the death of Osama Bin Laden leader of terrorist network al-Qaeda.

Dr Hagopian is an international lawyer and consultant to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales on the Middle East. He's also a former Assistant General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches.

Syria

"If you suddenly get rid of the president and the whole establishment, a regime change, then we might cause such a black hole that not only would Syria disintegrate into civil war which could be tragic for everybody including the Christian communities but it would be tragic for the whole region as well - hence the prudence, hence the diplomacy."

The International Criminal Court - Libya

"In the case of Libya, what is expected to happen today with [Prosecutor] Ocampo reporting to the United Nations is that he will suggest five warrants for crimes against humanity committed by Qadhafi and forces loyal to him against peaceful protestors in the country. This would be another red mark against him. Will it lead to his arrest tomorrow? Certainly not".

Palestinian territories - Hamas/Fatah reconciliation

"I hope that this unity will strengthen the Palestinian hand in negotiations for the future. Let us not forget Palestine - the Holy Land - is not only a political demographic land, it is a holy land for us Christians just as it is for Jews and Muslims"

Death of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan

"He was only a symbol as al-Qaeda has become an idea. It’s not a regiment – a brigade – an army that has different divisions, it’s more of an idea with different affiliates... it’s not a question anymore of command and control - that he directs them. He didn’t direct them, he had a symbolic value".

Duration: 36m

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Middle East Analysis: MENA 6

In a packed Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian joins us to take a close look at Syria, crimes against humanity in Libya and the signing of a reconciliation agreement between rival Palestinian factions. Finally we analyse the death of Osama Bin Laden, leader of terrorist network al-Qaeda.   mena6.mp3 11.00 MB