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Bahraini lessons for Yemen.

The sessions of the national reconciliation dialogue in Bahrain often finish with a summary of the details, which reveals that there is "no reconciliation in the reconciliation dialogue!" This is no surprise. The natural differences in the backgrounds and ambitions of the dialogue participants leads to many disagreement.

The wonderful thing is that participants, by themselves, may openly declare the failure of reconciliation. There is full disclosure.

Also, official media outlets do not cater to absent participants of the dialogue sessions, airing their grievances. All the reactions in the Bahraini dialogue, since 2011, have been made public based on orders of Bahraini King Hamd Bin Essa Al-Khaleefa, even if this shows the behavior of some participating opposition groups.

However, a mention of the opposition protests against some reports, data and stances has been given.

Anyway, this makes the dialogue of brotherly Bahrainis largely distinguished from the "reassuring blackout" of opinions concerning sensitive issues and pertinent details. Dealing with these events with transparency is laudable. Bold admittance of what is going on, revealing it to the public, is a praiseworthy characteristic.

People here in Bahrain and in Yemen urgently need to avoid the "reassuring blackout" methodology. It is not disgraceful for those responsible to fulfill the needs of people so that these officials prove their honesty to treat national problems successfully.

Thus, transparency and discipline are Bahraini lessons that should be agreed on to be adopted given the fact that Yemen is similar to Bahrain. We share many concerns and dilemmas.

Bahrain has the same problem as Yemen. Waves of "proxy wars" have overwhelmed the two countries. This triggered lots of consequences for both.

Fortunately, the wise way--dialogue--helped avoid further exacerbation and made way for those of us who are eager to bring peace to our respective countries.

In these times, masks fall and convictions seem clear.

As these two countries have become a demarcation line for the impudent who intervene in their independence, stability and peace, these two countries are apprehensive of any intentions to hurt Arabs and Muslims.

The two countries share the concern of dialogue and stability and want cooperation, peace and safety to define their internal and external relations.

So, instead of doubling their fear-- of historic, religious and geographical neighbors and non-neighbors-- the entire world, without exception, should cooperate with these two countries so that they can realize their aspirations.

Translated from the Arabic by Khalid Al-Karimi

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Geographic Code:7BAHR
Date:Jun 20, 2013
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