UN's Ban laments Israeli concerns over Arab Spring

February 2, 2012 20:56

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday lamented the fact that some in Israel see the Arab Spring as a negative development.

"It pains me to hear such complaints," Ban said during the keynote speech of the Herzliya Conference.

The UN chief stated that despite Israeli concerns of turmoil and the emergence of Islamist governments in neighboring countries, the "inevitable evolution of history" should not be opposed.

Ban stated that the "fallacy that the Arab world is not ready for democracy" should be dropped and the international community should step up to help Arab countries "respond to the needs and aspirations of their citizens."

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