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UAE reiterates commitment to NAM principles

posted on 30/08/2012: 1633 views



Tehran: The United Arab Emirates is committed to all the principles on which the Non-Aligned Movement was established, in particular respecting the sovereignty of states, the settlement of conflicts through peaceful means as well as the rejection of foreign occupation, Minister of State for Foreign Affair Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash said in a statement at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran.

"Based on this, and in emphasis of cementing the historic relations and good neighbour policy, the UAE calls on Iran to respond to its calls to find a peaceful and just solution to the issue of the UAE's islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb which are currently occupied by the Islamic Republic of Iran, either through bilateral negotiations or by referring the case to the International Court of Justice," Gargash added.

Following is the full text of the statement delivered by Minister of State for Foreign Affair Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran.



"Statement of the United Arab Emirates at the The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit Tehran, Iran. 26-31 August 2012.

Your Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Mr. President: On behalf of the United Arab Emirates' delegation, I would like to thank you for your efforts to moderate this summit. I would also like to thank the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on hosting this summit and on the hospitality and the good organisation of this event.

Mr. President: The political and economic developments which took place since the previous NAM summit three years ago incurred changed on the global agenda and introduced new international and regional issues which require us to re-arrange our priorities and interests so as to focus on an agenda that keeps up with the transformations the world currently sees as well as takes into consideration the future outlook in order to ensure international peace and security and bolster stability and development for peoples of the world.

The United Arab Emirates is committed to all the principles on which the Non-Aligned Movement was established, in particular respecting of the sovereignty of states, settlement of conflicts through peaceful means as well as the rejection of foreign occupation. Based on this, and in emphasis of cementing the historic relations and good neighbour policy, the United Arab Emirates calls on Iran to respond to its calls to find a peaceful and just solution to the issue of the United Arab Emirates' islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb which are currently occupied by the Islamic Republic of Iran, either through bilateral negotiations or by referring the case to the International Court of Justice.

Mr. President: Peace in the Middle East will not be achieved without the withdrawal of Israel from all the Arab and Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, the Syrian Golan Heights and South Lebanon, and the establishment a viable Palestinian state based on the 4th June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, which requires Israel to stop its aggressive policies, to stop the construction of illegitimate settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, the construction of the Separation Wall as well as the confiscation of the lands of Palestinians.

We hope our sincere and continuous efforts to spur the United Nations, i.e. the Security Council, the Quartet and influential parties to the conflict in the Middle East to resume peace talks among all concerned parties in accordance with international resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative proposed on the land-for-peace basis and the Roadmap.

We call for continuous political, financial and humanitarian support to the Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to help it continue the building of the institutions of the future state. The United Arab Emirates backs the right of the Palestinian State to full membership in the United Nations and calls on NAM members who have not yet recognised the Palestinian state to do so now and back it.

We underscore the continuous significance of incessantly demanding the international community to take procedures within the international law to create a "WMD (including nuclear) weapons-free zone" in the Middle East and the Gulf region, as well as to press on Israel join the Non-Proliferation Treaty and subject its nuclear facilities to international inspections in compliance with the relevant international resolutions.

We emphasise on the inalienable right of sovereign states to seek to obtain nuclear technology for peaceful use. We look forward to the 2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East which will see the participation of all the regional states. We hope the conference will succeed in its efforts to establish peace and security for the regional states and peoples.

Mr. President: The United Arab Emirates reiterates its commitment to the unity of Yemen and respect for its sovereignty and independence as well as to the providing political and economic support to it to achieve national peace and stability. We hail the progress made in the implementation of the GCC initiative for Yemen. We urge the members of NAM to provide sufficient support to the Yemeni government to implement transition, reconstruction and establish peace and security in the country.

The United Arab Emirates has been following with concern the developments in the Syrian crisis and call for a halt to the killing of Syrian brothers all over Syria by the regime's heavy weapons including tanks, artillery and military aircraft. The United Arab Emirates calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and take effective steps to protect Syrian civilians and welcomes the resolutions of the League of Arab States, the recent extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, the United Nations General Assembly The United Arab Emirates underscores the need for providing all forms of humanitarian support to the Syrian people , intensified Arab and international efforts to spare the blood of Syrians as well as for delivering emergency humanitarian aid to them. The United Arab Emirates stresses on the need for peaceful transition in Syria in order to protect its security, stability and unity as well as to meet the demands of the Syrian people.

Also, the United Arab Emirates welcomes the appointment of H.E. Lakhdar Brahimi as the new international envoy to Syria and underscores the need for a new strategy and a clearly defined plan aimed at achieving peaceful transition in Syria.

The United Arab Emirates reiterates its support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity and political independence of Somalia. We also hail efforts by its government to achieve security, stability and cooperation with the international community to combat piracy off its coast. We urge for the implementation of the relevant international resolutions to develop a comprehensive strategy to support Somalia and back the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and its efforts and initiatives as well as to provide more funds for the Trust Fund to Support the Initiatives of States to Counter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia in order to provide support to anti-piracy initiatives by countries. The United Arab Emirates will continue to be committed to providing sufficient support to Somalia to help build its capabilities so as to enforce security and peace on its territory.

Mr. President: We look forward to effective responses by NAM to tackle global economic and financial challenges, the consequences of climate change, combating trans-national organised cross-border crimes as well as enhance the possibilities for sustainable development as a national and international responsibility in order to ensure security and stability worldwide. Therefore these issues should be given the utmost attention along with cooperation on comprehensive development among NAM member countries and the advanced nations and a greater contribution by the developing nations to the international economic, trade and financial regimes.

Special attention should be given to development programs in African and other countries in order to help them achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In this regard, the United Arab Emirates plays a leading role in providing humanitarian and development aid. Also, attention should be given to renewable energy issues to provide sustainable energy resources for developing nations. In this regard, we welcome granting the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) observer status at the United Nations. We call members of NAM to join this international organisation. We also welcome the outcome Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012 which was held in Brazil last June and urge for the implementation of its recommendations on sustainable development and combating poverty.

Empowering women and achieving gender equality in all fields is among the pillars of sustainable development and progress of communities. We stress on the vital role the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in particular plays in this regard.

The United Arab Emirates looks forward to shouldering its responsibilities in the said international agency general upon winning membership to the executive council early next year 2013. On this occasion, we call NAM members to provide support to the Entity to enable it carry out its duties.

We hail the efforts by NAM member countries to enhance and speed up the implementation of the outcome and recommendations of all regional and international conferences and conventions on women development.

We also call for intensified efforts to combat human trafficking crimes, and trafficking in women and girls in particular, to the implementation of the international anti-human trafficking plan and to provide financial support to the fund.

We once again reiterate our support to the principles and goals of the Non-Aligned Movement and wish this summit all success in achieving its goals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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