Sunday, November 26, 2006

Jordan's king warns of three civil wars

Jordan's King Abdullah on Sunday warned of three budding civil wars in the Middle East that could break out in 2007.

Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories were all on the brink of civil war the king said on ABC's "This Week."

Jordan's King Abdullah II(R) greets Ashraf al-Akhras, a survivor of last year's suicide bombings, at the Royal Palace in Amman. Jordan marked the first anniversary of unprecedented suicide bombings that shook the key US ally and one of the most stable nations in the Middle East by paying tribute to the 60 victims.(AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
Jordan's King Abdullah II greets Ashraf al-Akhras, a survivor of last year's suicide bombings, at the Amman Royal Palace AFP/Khalil Mazraawi photo via Yahoo News.

"I don't think we're in a position where we can come back and revisit the problem in early 2007," he said.

Abdullah said that "something dramatic" was needed to bring peace back into the region. "We could possibly imagine going into 2007 and having three civil wars on our hands. And therefore, it is time that we really take a strong step forward as part of the international community and make sure we avert the Middle East from a tremendous crisis that I fear, and I see could possibly happen in 2007."

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