European countries under the patronage of US in order to perpetuate their control on the North African and Middle Eastern Muslim countries endeavor to establish a new regional organization for cooperation in the Mediterranean sea region that includes all littoral countries. It will consist of Egypt, Libya, Tunis, Algiers and Morocco of North Africa, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey of Asia, Greece Cyprus, Italy, France, Spain and other smaller countries of Europe. French President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to chalk out the contours of a union for the Mediterranean. The amalgamation seeks to cement a partnership between Europe and the countries of the Mediterranean rim, including Arab countries and Israel. Libyan leader Moamer Qadafi has boycotted the new grouping while analysts are skeptical about its potential to foster cooperation, given the hostilities between many of the member states especially Arabs and Israel. The new cooperation would boost economic and social relations and may exert influence upon Israel to stop atrocities against its Palestinian neighbours. The people of the Mediterranean rim would benefit from each other's experience provided the concept is executed in letter and spirit bringing the North African countries within the folds of the European Union. -PROF DR ABDUL QAYUM MANGI, Sukkur, via e-mail, April 4.