NAM countries condemn Honduras coup

Editor: An, Xinhua, July 12, 2009

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The countries of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) condemned coup d'etat in Honduras, saying they support the immediate restoration of the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, said a statement issued by NAM summit secretariat on Sunday.

The overthrowing of Zelaya constitutes a flagrant violation of the constitutional and democratic order of that country, affecting democracy, human rights and the rule of law, the statement said.

The heads of state and government of NAM countries supported the demands made by the international community on the immediate and unconditional restoration of the legitimate and constitutional government of Zelaya in Honduras, it added.

They welcomed the call to recognize no government than that of the constitutional President Zelaya, and called on the continuation of all regional and multilateral efforts aimed at the restoration of the democratically elected government of Honduras, in accordance with the UN General Assembly resolution.

Zelaya was ousted late last month, when hundreds of armed and hooded soldiers broke into the presidential palace and seized him from the bed. They forced the president aboard a plane and sent him to Costa Rica.

Hours later, congress speaker Roberto Micheletti was appointed interim president. Micheletti said the presidential elections willgo ahead as scheduled on Nov. 29 and he will hand over power to the new president on Jan. 27, 2010.

The senior officials' meeting of 15th NAM summit continued on Sunday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Delegates to the meeting are discussing a wide range of political, economic and social issues among NAM member states and they are expected to form a final document to submit to the summit on July 15-16 for adoption.

NAM ministerial meeting concludes after approving draft documents
by Xinhua writers Yu Zhixiao, Yang Jingzhong, July 14 2009

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Over 100 foreign ministers or their representatives of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit closed their two-day meeting here on Tuesday after adopting various draft documents.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said at a press conference after the meeting that the draft documents, including the main "Draft Final Document," would be submitted to the NAM summit on Wednesday morning.

He said some 55 presidents would attend the summit, which is slated for Wednesday and Thursday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city.

It is the second time that Egypt, one of the movement's founders, hosts a NAM summit. The country held one in 1964.

The ministerial meeting was devoted to the general debate under the summit's theme of International Solidarity for Peace and Development as well as the impact and causes of the world financial crisis.

The meeting also adopted The Sharm El Sheikh Summit Declaration and another draft declaration condemning the decades-long economic and trade embargo imposed on Cuba as well as the draft declaration to make July 18 of every year a Nelson Mandela day, among other documents.

During the meeting, Aboul Gheit called for solidarity, saying "without solidarity, there can be no development and stability throughout the world."

"It is incumbent upon us to look ahead towards the future, seeking a better tomorrow for our people and being aware of the increasing difficulties and challenges our contemporary world faces," he said.

He also appealed for the establishment of a new international order, which should be founded upon plurality and the democratization of international relations.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, whose country holds the rotating NAM presidency from 2006 to 2009, said "serious challenges are threatening the future of our nations, and the NAM countries have responsibility of finding proposals and concerted actions to effectively respond to them."

Egypt would take over the presidency at the upcoming NAM summit.

Rodriguez also blamed the Western hegemony for causing the unfair international order that hurts developing countries' interests.

Founded in September 1961, NAM now groups 118 member states, 16 observer countries and 9 observer organizations.

The movement, which represents nearly two-thirds of UN member countries and comprises 55 percent of the world population, focuses on striving for interests of developing countries all over the world.

Editor: Yan

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