Envoy: NAM may need agenda to face new challenges


  • Nation
  • Friday, 24 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) may need to consider an appropriate framework for continuous adjustments to meet their constantly changing work, Moroccan Ambassador to Malaysia Badre Eddine Allali said. 

He said they might also need to formulate relevant policies and strategies individually and collectively to enable them to face the challenges of today’s globalised world. 

Speaking at his office, here, Allali said, such efforts were important to revitalise NAM and maintain its usefulness. 

“NAM is, today, the largest political forum of developing countries outside the United Nations, which embodies the aspirations and hopes of the people of the South to achieve economic prosperity, and to live in peace and security among themselves and the rest of the world. 

“The importance of this group can be reflected by the increasing number of member countries which today stands at 114. 

“Although the international economic, political and social environment have changed a little bit since the inception of NAM, the movement remains an important tool to ensure that views of its members are taken into consideration and that their interests are expressed and protected,” he said. 

He said the principles laid down by the founders of NAM as well as the objectives remained valid today, hence, there might be a need for members to explore the usefulness of a permanent structure to ensure the implementation and follow-up of the resolutions and other actions agreed upon. 

While he hoped that the 13th NAM Summit here next month would be fruitful and successful, Allali, who has been posted here for two years, said his country would certainly spare its efforts towards this end. 

For more NAM stories, log on to www.nam2003.com . – Bernama  

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