The President discusses the current affairs of the Mediterranean with the students of the University
President George Vella this morning discussed the current affairs of the Mediterranean with students from Malta and other countries who are currently reading for an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security at the University of Malta.
The discussion was organized at St. Anton’s Palace by the Center for Conflict Resolution Study and Practice, a recently established center within the University of Malta with a view to engaging in research. and conflict resolution practice.
Topics discussed included the general challenges of the Mediterranean, the situation in Libya and North Africa, migration on the Central Mediterranean route, issues such as climate change, marine pollution and desertification, Malta’s contribution to Mediterranean diplomacy, and the importance of interreligious dialogue in the Mediterranean.
The President discussed Malta’s role in the Mediterranean, its contributions as well as the initiatives being taken to help address these issues. He said that Malta’s role in the Mediterranean is to preach and promote peace and, above all, to give aid despite its own limitations as a small country. Explain some of the challenges facing individual countries within the Mediterranean due to their history and political background, as well as other general challenges and their effects on the life and politics of this region. .
In relation to the situation in Libya, the President explained that it was in Malta’s interest to see Libya stabilized, both for the return of stability and security in the region, and for bilateral trade reasons. , not to mention other factors, including major migration.
Millions of people around the world risk their lives to migrate each year due to poverty and war, in an attempt to achieve a better life.
In this case, he said, it is our responsibility to save these people and help them find a better life. However, we rely on the help of other EU countries in the matter due to our limitations. Referring to climate change, President Vella mentioned some of the initiatives that Malta is taking in order to raise awareness of the issue and Malta’s participation in discussions around the world.
The students were led by Dr Omar Grech, Director of the Center for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution, who at the end of the interactive session presented to the President a publication on the resolution of conflicts after the pandemic as a symbol of appreciation.