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Report of Arab-European Collaboration Meeting [en] | ar | de | es | fr | it | tr
8 December 2005


Report of Arab-European Collaboration Meeting

EPA Istanbul 23-25 September 2005

>>> How to include the Arab voice into the European discussions about the region + global policies affecting the region, and develop the concept of a joint struggle.

>>> We must create a space for dialogue.

>>> Many Arab organizations feel that the European vision does not reflect their reality and needs.

>>> Arab participation is further limited by difficulties in obtaining visas and financing.

Points which we agreed on:

* Create a network of collaboration against the global project of the US + European powers in the Arab region.

* Make a link between Iraq and Palestine within the regional and global context.

* Support the struggle of the political prisoners against detention, isolation and torture.

* Recognition of the right to resist and rejection of the term “terrorism”. This does not deny the right to form individual opinions about specific organizations and/or tactics.

* Rejection of repressive laws related to “security” issues.

* The European left must not limit itself to protest against the US/Globalist agenda; It must also support the struggles in the Arab region against the dictatorships in the various countries.

* Remain in contact by e-mail and try to organize another meeting before the next ESF in order to discuss possible seminars.

Visas and Financing:

* Visa applications could be supported by the ESF. The application process should begin far in advance.

* Possibilities for overcoming financial obstacles:

-  Organizations who have access to support by European organizations should try to seek sponsoring.

-  The ESF could set up a special fund and post a request on the website for donations.

-  The SF in each country could also set up an ‘alternative fund’.

-  Aside from the solidarity fund, the ESF could offer further support in the form of accommodation and a possible budget for food.

-  All organizations sympathetic to this initiative could search in their own countries for possible funders for tickets.

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