A Jordanian de Mistura!

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 12 April / Apr 2016. 10:02 PM
  • فهد الخيطان

A fundamental solution, to the current tension between the two Executive and Legislative authorities, seems impracticable. Every attempt to contain the friction by intermediate parties over the last few weeks has failed. For after a brief period of calmness, fronts lit up the political and media scenes again; even worse, the battlefield expanded to include new areas and positions, after the correspondence between Nsoor and Tarawneh was leaked.

Unfailingly, confrontations ignited in parliament. First, among Representative MPs themselves, who argued over their President’s recent appointments; over whom has benefitted and whom did not. Then, with more cases unfolding; the Jordanian Audit Bureau reports and the formation for the Irbid Electricity board, MPs exploited the presence of the Prime Minister under the dome to rain the Government with harsh and personal criticism, who in turn responded with whatever argument and data they had readily available.

The State, wisely, as well as incomprehensively, did not resort to its heavy calibre weapons this time. They let the two parties have their cyber wars and political marksmanships, which may have driven both sides to escalate the situation, prefacing a series of events each would think was to their own benefit.

However seemingly, a decisive conclusion to the situation is somewhat farfetched, or perhaps it is not time for it yet. A resolution through a truce, seems a bit promising. One that would cease political and media fire, and oblige the two parties to refrain from attacking and countering each other, until a further settlement is at hand.

The question is, however; who will take on such a task?

Certainly not an international medium like de Mistrura; it is too early for that. There is still a margin for domestic efforts to mediate a solution; a Jordanian de Mistura.

Primarily, though, obligatory terms —on both, have to be drafted into a preliminary paper. And since the two conflicting parties are not keen on sitting at the same table, the medium has to set up two separate meeting to bridge the disparity of views between them and obtain a written promise of commitment from both.

Afterwards, the next step would be to bring the two authorities together, on neutral grounds. But tread carefully down this path, in case unexpected results should outcome and the situation explodes; then the setback will have more dangerous consequences.

Honestly?! The situation cannot sustain an adventure like this, but, to insure the efforts to calm the agitation do not go to waste, mediation has to be discrete, no leakage to the media is to be allowed; this should be put down in writing as well, and both parties have to agree on it; because within the House of representatives and Cabinet, there are those who do not want this “bloody” confrontation to end. Some are seeking relentlessly the perpetuation of the inflammation for as long as possible, to drain the two sides out of the domestic political arena, completely.

This is a crisis, make no mistake, and it requires wise, vigilant management on the intermediaries’ behalves to settle things down. Looking at the nature of the struggle, and the sensitivity of the cases in dispute, all involved parties need to be extremely careful not to fail this task and have us bite our fingers out of regret for letting the last train to consolidation pass us blind. Should failure be the fate of the reconciliation attempts, all hell is prone to break loose, including foreign intervention!