King calls for unity push
Posted on » Monday, August 29, 2011
MANAMA: His Majesty King Hamad last night called for promoting unity to achieve national goals.
"Regular meetings and shunning division within the nation are good traditions that must be perpetuated," he said in a speech marking the last 10 days of Ramadan.
His Majesty hailed citizens for supporting the National Dialogue.
"We would also like to commend your convergence on the visions of the National Dialogue.
"Such an accord augurs well for a prosperous future for our beloved nation. Your agreements on further reforms are highly appreciated, deeply welcomed and greatly supported," he said.
His Majesty said Bahrain will soon reap the benefits of reforms.
"We hope that our nation will witness a new era of outstanding productivity, cohesion and stability as our reforms move forward.
"Today the country has the duty to move past its differences towards unity in a world that recognises power, which can be achieved through alliances built upon unity and cohesion.
"The nation is endowed with a rich civilisation of common traits that can reinforce its unity built upon robust pillars," he said.
His Majesty said the unity of the nation is a dream that its loyal citizens seek to fulfil.
"Our responsibility is to launch initiatives that achieve what we would like to see in our people.
"Despite our full commitment to achieving security and safety for our people, we do not want any prejudice to any of our citizens in their security, freedom, source of income or education, in a way that results in bitterness and that affects their contributions to the nation."
His Majesty expressed compassion with the citizens "who were victims of injuries, ill-treatment or death".
"There are security men who were martyred while they were on duty, so we are responsible for them and for their families. There are those who were arrested and investigations proved that they were victims of individual behaviour and were ill-treated in custody. This is not tolerated by God and we do not condone it. The state has the responsibility to provide them with the necessary protection so that the law takes its course," he said.
"Everybody should know that in Bahrain we have a law that allows victims of ill-treatment to ask for compensation. Some people may not understand such laws or believe that they will not be treated fairly, so we will request the Supreme Judicial Council to monitor such cases."
He said the decision to set up an independent fact-finding commission "is the best indication of our commitment to knowing the whole truth behind what happened in last few months".
"We thank the members of the commission for their patience and fortitude as they carry out their noble work," he said.
The King said that the last few months were painful, and even though Bahrainis lived in the same country, some had forgotten about the importance of co-existence.
"We must not swerve from our trust and faith in our common future, regardless of the diversity of our sects. Otherwise, we lose our trust in one another as brothers, colleagues and citizens in this beloved country," he said.
"We all grew up on this land that brings all of us together. Our history testifies that our co-existence has placed our nation among the world's most civilised, open and developed countries," he said.
"Our success is in our cordial co-existence with its various cultures but with its definite patriotism and civilisation."
Ramadan has contributed to the restoration of cohesion among Bahrainis and made them recall their traditional interactions, compassion and fraternity that were an integral part of growing up, he said
"This is the best indication of the genuine nature of our people, as well as of the strength of their faith and the depth of their allegiance," the King said.
"We need to build bridges of friendship to move forward and achieve progress."http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=312610