Nepal calls for unity in NAM

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 30, 2014-

Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has called for enhanced solidarity and unity among the member countries of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) on all outstanding issues and problems as well as a cohesive approach to problem-solving to make NAM more effective and dynamic.

Addressing the 17th NAM Conference in Algiers on Thursday, Pandey said the movement’s core principles, values and ideals were as relevant today as they were at the time of its founding, according to a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The fundamental concerns for us therefore were ensuring a fair share of globalisation to all, reducing democratic deficit in the political and economic governance of the world, promoting a stronger democratic world order and ensuring justice in the face of lurking challenges such as climate change,” he added.

While highlighting the fact that NAM’s principles and ideals occupied a central position on the global agenda for peace and security, development and the respect for human rights and freedom for all, he expressed his belief that the movement represented an inner voice of people of the developing world for shared peace, progress and prosperity in an equitable and just manner.

Speaking on economic development issues, Pandey said it was an imperative on part of the economically advanced countries to show additional flexibility in providing finance, technology and capacity-building support to the developing countries in all traditional and newly emerging areas.

“The group of countries at the bottom rung of the development ladder, notably the Least Developed Countries, must receive more enhanced support in these areas, both from the North and from the South,” he said.

Chaired by Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Ramtane Lamamra, the inaugural part of the conference was addressed by Iranian Foreign Minister and current NAM Chair Javad Zarif, President of Bolivia and current Chair of the G-77+ China Evo Morales and the leaders of various regional groups.

On the sidelines of the conference, Minister Pandey held a bilateral meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali. The two leaders exchanged views on various aspects of bilateral relations and emphasised on exploring further cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

Minister Pandey also held a bilateral meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García Margallo Marfil and talked on the ways and means to enhance various facets of bilateral relations.

During the meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu on Thursday, Pandey thanked the Turkish side for the continued cooperation to the LDCs.

Pandey will also be meeting other participants of the meeting.

The Nepali delegation led by the Minister Pandy comprises Officiating Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and other officials.

Published: 31-05-2014 09:11

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