NAM reaffirms rejection of the imposition of unilateral coercive measures


By Simon Garcia

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and senior officials of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), gathered in Caracas in the framework of the Meeting of the Coordination Bureau of the body this July 20 and 21, reaffirmed their categorical rejection to the imposition of illegal measures unilateral coercive measures against member States of the forum for global political agreement.

In the final declaration of the meeting, which brought together delegations from more than 120 countries in the Venezuelan capital, NAM warns that these measures can lead to erosion and violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and human rights.

The organism also reiterated its opposition to the use and threat of the use of force, pressure and coercive measures, as a means to achieve its national policy objectives, taking into account the negative impact of such measures on the rule of law at the international level, as well as in international relations.

Consequently, it urges the refusal to recognize, adopt or implement extraterritorial or unilateral coercive measures or laws, including unilateral economic sanctions, other intimidating measures and arbitrary travel restrictions, that seek to exert pressure on the Non-Aligned Countries, threatening their sovereignty and independence, and their freedom of trade and investment, and prevents them from exercising their right to decide, by their own will, their own political, economic and social systems, when such measures or laws constitute flagrant violations of the Charter of the United Nations, the international right and multilateral agreements.

Ministers and senior officials stressed that strict adherence to the principles of international law and compliance in good faith with the obligations assumed by States, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, is of paramount importance for the maintenance of peace and international security, and reaffirmed that the member states of the NAM must respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty, political independence and inviolability of the international borders of the member States.

The ministerial meeting made it possible to evaluate the international situation, the progress made in the implementation of the results of the XVIII NAM Mid-term Ministerial Conference, held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, in April 2018.

(Source: Venezuela MFA - July 21, 2019)

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