NAM Foreign Ministers Outline Agenda for Margarita’s Declaration

The foreign ministers attending the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) outline their proposals today for the Margarita”s Declaration, the final document of the great event taking place in Venezuela.

According to Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, NAM’s greatest challenge is to preserve the right to the future of the peoples against current attacks.

Humanity is currently confronting major challenges in an increasingly violent world where peace is violated by powers without reserve and respect for the rules of the United Nations, Rodriguez denounced during the foreign ministers’ segment at the 17th NAM Summit, which concludes today in Margarita Island.

For her Ecuadorian peer, Guillaume Long, the main objective of the body is to fight for a more democratic world, not aligned with neoliberalism, injustice and imperialism.

For his part, Bolivian Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca, advocated for coexistence without interventionism, with social justice, without exclusions, weapons or policies that threaten or violate life.

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad al-Malki, also urged to take some measures to ensure respect for international law and denounced the actions his country has been suffering by the Israeli occupation.

Meanwhile, Iranian diplomatic head, Mohamad Javad Zarif, reaffirmed the work for peace at the NAM and the challenges that military occupation, violence and terrorism pose to the body.

Iran chaired the NAM the last three years and will pass the leadership of the body to Venezuela during this summit. Venezuela will lead the body until 2019.

The Conference of Heads of State and Government will begin tomorrow at Venetur Margarita Hotel, to be concluded on Sunday, Sep. 18.

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Cuban Foreign Minister expresses concern over current international situation

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spoke during the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, providing an overview of the main strengths of the NAM and the challenges ahead.

The Cuban Foreign Minister stated his concern that peace, international security and cooperation are yet to be achieved. Photo: Venezuelan Foreign Ministry

ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela.—Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, speaking September 16 on Margarita Island, noted that the majority of the principles of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) adopted in the Summit in Havana 2006 “are systematically violated.”

“Respect for the sovereignty and self-determination of the peoples and equal sovereign rights not only have not been achieved, but the acts that violate these fundamental precepts are worse each day,” he stressed, speaking during the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Movement founded in 1961.

The Foreign Minister stated his concern that peace, international security and cooperation are yet to be achieved

“War, aggression, soft coups and attempted regime change are a constant,” he said, highlighting the current destabilization attempts against the constitutional government of Venezuela.

He reiterated “Cuba’s complete solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution currently struggling, alongside its legitimate president Nicolás Maduro Moros and the civic-military union of its people.”

Rodríguez also noted that the Declaration of Havana established that all countries should abstain from exerting pressure or coercion over any other, including the implementation and / or promotion of any unilateral coercive measure contrary to international law.

“The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba persists, harms the Cuban people and is the very antithesis of this principle,” he stressed in this regard.

WE HAVE MANAGED TO PRESERVE THE NAM

Although the main objectives agreed in 2006 are yet to be achieved, the Non-Aligned Movement has been maintained, “despite the voices that predicted its disappearance,” Rodríguez highlighted.

However, he stressed the need to work together “in defense of sovereignty and international law even when this entails open confrontation with the hegemonic interests and pretensions of the great powers.”

He referred to the context in which the NAM was founded, when countries of the South were in need of a profoundly anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist and anti-racist bloc, to defend their sovereignty and self-determination, justice and international law, and work toward the peaceful resolution of conflicts and disarmament.

He stressed that despite a radically different international situation today, the fundamental principles of the NAM continue to be completely valid.

Rodríguez Parrilla concluded by stressing the need for a world of peace, free of nuclear weapons and in which everyone has access to food, health and education; “A healthy and sustainable world that ensures future generations live in harmony with the environment and their neighbors.”