Cuba calls for NAM’s more active role in UNSC

July 29th, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, July 29 (IANS) Cuba, which holds the rotating presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Tuesday called on all member states to strengthen the role of the international grouping in the UN Security Council (UNSC), the official IRNA news agency reported. “We should strengthen the role of NAM in the UN Security Council in order to help establish durable peace and security at international level,” Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque told the 15th NAM foreign ministers’ meeting which opened in Tehran Tuesday.

Stressing that the 118-member body should play a much important and active role in the international policy making, Roque said: “If NAM is to play a much stronger role, it should wield veto right.”

The minister highlighted the growth and broad-based activities of the grouping in the recent years, and said it should now concentrate on playing a more bigger role in “UN human rights affairs and help materialize the legitimate goals of the countries of the South”.

The Cuban minister also hailed the grouping for its role in the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and said: “We have had coordinated stands on those countries which seek to make peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

He expressed hope that during the Tehran meeting, the member countries would be quite successful in playing an active role in global developments.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Sunday called on the NAM member states to support the Islamic country’s non-permanent membership at the UNSC.

Representatives from 118 members, 15 observer members and eight international and regional organisations, including 60 foreign ministers are attending the meeting.

The conference is expected to review the developments and implementation of decisions made in the last Summit in Havana in 2006. The participants are also expected to evaluate the latest international developments, particularly those issues related to member states of the grouping.

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