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Global ranking on peace a reflection of HM's policies.

MUSCAT -- Lieutenant-General Malik bin Suleiman Al Ma'amari, inspector-general of police and customs, said that the ranking of the Sultanate on top of the Arab countries, being third in Asia, and 22nd at international level with regard to peace and security can be attributed to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said who laid the foundation of peace and security throughout the Sultanate.

Acents[euro]A"It is also the outcome of years of creditability and transparency," said Ma'amari in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) yesterday.

Acents[euro]A"His Majesty the Sultan's wise and enlightened policies helped the Sultanate to get such a high ranking in the field of peace and security," he said.

Acents[euro]A"His Majesty the Sultan is internationally recognised as a man of peace. The speeches and press interviews of His Majesty the Sultan have always called for peace. They also reflect His Majesty's hope that the whole world would enjoy security and welfare.

The Sultanate being ranked in the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit's report as the best Arab country in the field of peace and security is deserved and comes as international recognition for the Sultanate," he added.

Acents[euro]A"The achievement is the outcome of hard work by the state's various apparatuses and the government since the dawn of the blessed Renaissance in 1970.

The efforts are continuing, by the grace of God. The Sultanate has nothing to hide from citizens or the world as it deals with the different issues with transparency and discusses them with the respective international organisations. The international recognition to the Sultanate in these fields came as a result of these policies."

Ma'amari also pointed out that the criminal statistics issued by Royal Oman Police reflect all types of crimes accurately; a trend recognised by the Interpol and other international organisations.

At the end of his statements, the inspector-general prayed to the Almighty to safeguard His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and grant him good health, happiness, long life and make Oman an oasis of peace and security as well as Acents[euro]A"make all those living on this land enjoy peace and stability".

The assessment made by the Economist Intelligence Unit relies on a number of criteria on a 1-5 scale. The country that gets 1 on this scale is considered the most peaceful.

The other points include the organised conflicts, potential violent demonstrations, the level of violent crimes, lack of political instability and respect for human rights, the volume of heavy traditional weapons imported for each 100,000 people.

The criteria also include the possibility of terrorist attacks, the number of mortalities due to organised internal conflicts, the military expenditure as a percentage of the GDP, the number of armed forces personnel per each 100,000 persons and the contribution to UN forces in 2006/2007. They also include the election process, the ability of the government, its performance, political participation, political awareness, democracy, transparency and such other criteria.

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Date:May 20, 2008
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