WEB DESK: 17th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit has concluded in Margarita Island, Venezuela with the adoption of the NAM Declaration on important issues such as terrorism, self-determination, situation in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq and a range of social and economic issues.
In line with Pakistan’s stance, the outcome document clearly opposes attempts to equate legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination with terrorism.
Pakistan’s delegation to the Summit was led by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz.
In his statement at the NAM Summit, the Adviser called for a just settlement of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council Resolution.
He said resolution of Kashmir dispute is an essential pre-requisite for peace in South Asia. He also raised the issue of grave violations of human rights committed by Indian forces in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Sartaj Aziz also condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Highlighting Pakistan’s sacrifices in the campaign against terrorism and its success in tackling this menace, he mentioned that Pakistan is ready to share its counter terrorism experience with other NAM countries.
The Adviser also proposed to set up a high-level Panel to undertake a thorough review of the priorities of NAM, with a view to making it a Movement of Solidarity that safeguards the interests of developing countries.
A number of Heads of State and Governments attended the Summit. They urged the revitalization of NAM and adherence to its core principles. They condemned the unilateralist policies of intervention, regime change through use of force and imposition of arbitrary sanctions.
Venezuela will preside over the NAM process for the next three years, to be replaced by Azerbaijan in 2019. -Radio Pakistan