UN comes forward to mediate Gulf crisis; offers help to resolve Qatar row
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 24-Jun-2017

New York, June 24: The United Nations on Friday came forward to mediate the Gulf crisis so that the issues between Qatar and other countries could be sort as early as possible. Notably, the UN has offered to step in to help resolve a deepening crisis in the Gulf after Qatar was confronted with a list of demands from its neighbours.

















A UN spokeswoman Eri Kaneko said, “We hope that the countries involved resolve the situation through dialogue.” “We are ready to assist if requested by the parties,” she added. “We continue to follow the situation with deep concern. We are aware of reports of a list of demands on Qatar. We are not able to comment in detail on, or confirm such a list,” Kaneko said.

Earlier Kuwait, Pakistan and the United States of America has offered mediation in the Gulf crisis to which Saudi Arabia and UAE denied. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism. On the other side, Qatar denied all their allegations saying that they never supported Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran.

Meanwhile, tensions escalated, however, after Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates presented a list of demands to Qatar overnight. These included the closure of Al-Jazeera, a downgrading of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate, according to the list that was leaked.

On the other side, Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s state minister for foreign affairs, warned that Qatar should take the demands seriously or face “divorce” from its Gulf neighbors. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this week had been adamant that Kuwait was best placed to lead efforts to defuse the crisis. Importantly, Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.