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The world, Khamenei said "Is in transition towards a new international order and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) can and should play a new role."
He further underlined the need for solidarity among all NAM member states, saying it was an "obvious necessity" in the current era for establishing this new order.
"Obvious necessity" in the current era for establishing this new order.
Honorable guests, now I would like to return to my initial point. Global conditions are sensitive and the world is passing through a crucial historical juncture. It is anticipated that a new order shall be born. The Non-Aligned Movement, which includes almost two-thirds of the world community, can play a major role in shaping that future. The holding of this major conference in Tehran is itself a significant event to be taken into consideration. By pooling our resources and capacities, we members of this movement can create a new historic and lasting role towards rescuing the world from insecurity, war and hegemony. This goal can be achieved only through our comprehensive cooperation with each other. There are among us quite a few countries that are very wealthy and countries that enjoy international influence. It is completely possible to find solutions for problems through economic and media cooperation and through passing on experiences that help us improve and make progress. We need to strengthen our determination. We need to remain faithful to our goals. We should not fear the bullying powers when they frown at us, nor should we become happy when they smile at us. We should consider the will of God and the laws of creation as our support. We should learn lessons from what happened to the communist camp two decades ago and from the failure of the policies of so-called “Western liberal democracy” at the present time And finally, we should consider the Islamic Awakening in the region and the fall of the dictatorships in North Africa. We can help improve the “political productivity” of the Non-Aligned Movement in global governance. We can prepare a historic document aimed to bring about a change in this governance and to provide for its administrative tools. We can plan for effective economic cooperation and define paradigms for cultural relationships among ourselves. Undoubtedly, establishing an active and motivated secretariat for this organization will be a great and significant help in achieving these goals.
So, Let me get this straight...
He wants the "Non-Aligned Movement" to Align?
By their very nature the Non-Alignment countries don't pick sides nor get involved.
The Non-Aligned Movement: Description and History
The Non-Aligned Movement is a Movement of 115 members representing the interests and priorities of developing countries. The Movement has its origin in the Asia-Africa Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955. The meeting was convened upon the invitation of the Prime Ministers of Burma, Ceylon, India, Indonesia and Pakistan and brought together leaders of 29 states, mostly former colonies, from the two continents of Africa and Asia,to discuss common concerns and to develop joint policies in international relations. Prime Minister Nehru, the acknowledged senior statesman, along with Prime Ministers Soekarno and Nasser, led the conference.
At the meeting Third World leaders shared their similar problems of resisting the pressures of the major powers, maintaining their independence and opposing colonialism and neo-colonialism, specially western domination. Following this meeting a preparatory meeting for the First NAM Summit Conference was held in Cairo, from 5-12 June 1961. Where the invitations for Bandung were on a regional basis, the invitations for the first Summit were based on each invited country’s commitment to a set of shared principles. At the Cairo preparatory meeting the participants discussed in detail the principal aims and objectives of a policy of non-alignment. These were adopted as criteria for membership as well as for the invitations to the First Summit Conference. The criteria are the following:
1. The country should have adopted an independent policy based on the coexistence of States with different political and social systems and on non-alignment or should be showing a trend in favour of such a policy.
2. The country concerned should be consistently supporting the Movements for National Independence.
3. The country should not be a member of a multilateral military alliance concluded in the context of Great Power conflicts.
4. If a country has a bilateral military agreement with a Great Power, or is a member of a regional defence pact, the agreement or pact should not be one deliberately concluded in the context of Great Power conflicts.
5. If it has conceded military bases to a Foreign Power the concession should not have been made in the context of Great Power conflicts.
The above criteria and principles of NAM, adopted at the Cairo preparatory meeting, have been reaffirmed by the Heads of State or Government during the XI Summit in Cartagena. (Also see Criteria for Admission under Methodology.)
We have identified 33 serious incidents and accidents at nuclear power stations since the first recorded one in 1952 at Chalk River in Ontario, Canada.
Conversely, one could say they support the US/West because many of those "observer nations" do a great deal of business with countries who are opposed to the idea of Iran's possible Nuclear program. Case in point. China is now Saudi Arabia's largest consumer and the Saudis are supposedly supporting rebels in Syria and are diametrically opposed to anything coming out of Tehran.
Originally posted by Sublimecraft
Ok - my apologies for misconstruing your initial comment. Upon re-familiarising myself with the movements website after reading your first post I was left with the impression that you ignored the fact that they are an alignment of nations primarily "opposed to Neo-colonialism - specifically western domination" involved in countering said western domination.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by Sublimecraft
The argument for their participation in what Iran proposes would negate the reason for their very existence. Iran/Syria seem to be pan handling to an organization it believes supports Iranian and Syrian stances. Simply because NAM on the whole has not supported sanctions does not mean they support Iran's endeavors in possibly obtaining Nukes.
Two Iranians who led authorities to a cache of explosives after their arrest planned to attack Israeli, U.S., British or Saudi targets inside Kenya, officials said on Monday.
The two are believed to be members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, an elite and secretive unit that acts against foreign interests, one of the officials said.
Bangkok, Aug 31, 2012 (AFP) - Militants in Thailand's Muslim-majority south carried out a wave of coordinated attacks Friday, wounding several soldiers and hoisting the Malaysian flag across the restive region, officials said
Ten days after the U.S. government lifted an alert for possible terrorist attacks in Thailand, the bombs went off. Five people were injured when three devices exploded in central Bangkok on Tuesday, including a man believed to be an Iranian who blew off his own legs while trying to throw a bomb at police
Thai police on Monday found 400 boxes of bomb-making materials in a shop believed to be linked to a plot to carry out terrorist attacks.
Police were alerted to the cache by a Swedish-Lebanese man arrested Friday on suspicion of being a member of the Hezbollah militant group.