NAM Mid-Term Ministerial Conference underway in Baku - UPDATED

NAM Mid-Term Ministerial Conference underway in Baku  - <span style="color: red;">UPDATED
# 05 April 2018 12:45 (UTC +04:00)

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Mid-Term Ministerial Conference, titled “Promoting international peace and security for sustainable development”, is underway in Baku.

The opening speeches were made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who is the chair of the NAM ministerial conference, APA reports.

Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Edrees said in his speech that the conference promotes peace and security.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas stressed the importance of cooperation and mutual understanding for achieving sustainable development.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj noted that an effective multicultural approach is needed to tackle global problems such as nuclear security and terrorism.

“Despite the principles of international law, it is still difficult to prevent terrorism. We must renew our obligations in this respect,” she said.

Fatima Kyari Mohammed, the African Union’s Permanent Observer to the UN, said the African Union is concerned about threats to global peace and security.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki emphasized that the Non-Aligned Movement plays a fundamental role in preserving peace and security in the world.

Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala said that the NAM conference such issues as confrontation, terrorism, extremism, and the priority of this organization is solidarity, unity, security and cooperation in the economic area.

Lesego Makgothi, Minister for International Cooperation and Foreign Affairs of Lesotho, noted that the Non-Aligned Movement is associated with the promotion of peace and security for sustainable development.

“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan poses a threat to peace. The UN has adopted resolutions on this conflict. We express our concern over the protracted settlement of the conflict,” he added.

Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif underscored the need for global approach to ensure the stability.

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The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Mid-Term Ministerial Conference, titled “Promoting international peace and security for sustainable development” kicked off in Baku on April 5.

More than 800 delegates are taking part in the conference, APAreports.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will make speeches at the opening ceremony of the conference.

Later on, chair of the 17th NAM ministerial conference will be elected.

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, India, Palestine, Ecuador, as well as President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák are also attending the event.

A Baku Declaration will be adopted following the two-day conference.

A senior officials meeting was held in Baku on 3-4 April as a part of the preparation process for the ministerial conference.

Azerbaijan joined the NAM in 2011. Azerbaijan will host the XVIII Summit of the NAM in 2019 and will chair the organization between 2019 -2022.

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