Sunday, February 6, 2011

'Perfect storm of unrest in Mideast'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the status quo in the Middle East is unsustainable and the region is going towards instability.

Speaking at an international security summit in Munich, Germany, Clinton admitted that economic problems and long-standing discontent with autocratic regimes threaten global stability.

"The Middle East is facing a perfect storm of unrest," she said at the summit while referring to the current situation in Egypt and Tunisia.

Referring to the protests in troubled Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, the US official said that high unemployment, depleting oil and water reserves, and simmering discontent towards autocratic regimes could threaten global stability.

She further pointed out that transition to democracy can be chaotic, but in the end "free people govern themselves best."

Clinton urged Europe to back the United States' push for wide-scale reform, saying incremental steps that do not offer people full freedom will only breed further discontent.

She also called on the international support for the reforms proposed by Egypt's embattled leaders so that extremists do not hijack the country's political transition.

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