Preventing violent conflict at an early stage has never been a priority for the international community, it is now almost a truism that to prevent a conflict is far wiser and less costly in human and material terms than to try to control it or, when that fails, to deal with the consequences.) The region that I call the "Arc of Crisis" is plagued with a score of raging and potential disputes belying a broad range of causes of conflict. At present, the Region does not have any mechanism for conflict avoidance, prevention or resolution. The international fight against terrorism should be inducted within a comprehensive vision of the Region. We should not only move against terrorism, but also work for a new international humanitarian order. The international community should place fighting terrorism as its top priority, and should realise that it can only be tackled by a coordinated world effort which supports regional efforts, the "Arc of Crisis" being the most obvious and urgent of these.
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