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Suva- Minister of Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has called on Member States of the Non Alignment Movement to collectively pursue a new international order. Speaking at the NAM summit in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, Ratu Inoke said the order should be based on inclusiveness, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, equality and justice.
"To do otherwise clearly undermines the founding principles of the NAM and of the UN Charter," he said. Ratu Inoke believed that all NAM members must have a common ground and take advantage of their numbers to advance their interests as a group.
"We should take comfort in our strengths and be more aggressive in our common endeavor to ensure that we have in place a system of global governance that is reflective of our interests," he said when delivering Fiji's statement to the summit.
He reminded the members that peace and security continued to elude us. "Today, we increasingly experience the tendency by States that take unilateral action, which threatens the very fabric of our community of nations," he said.
For that reason, Ratu Inoke pleaded with the NAM member states for their unwavering commitment towards international peace and security .
That he suggested could be made possible if NAM would consider strengthening peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts since the movement was the major contributor.
Ratu Inoke told the 120 member countries that Fiji too was making its share of contribution to those global efforts. "Our pledge to global peace is manifested through our steadfast commitment to UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts," he said.
"It is a source of great pride that for a nation of our size, we are able to make a meaningful contribution to the international community." Ratu Inoke pledged that Fiji would continue to play her part and advocate for peace in the troubled regions of the world.
He thanked all the members of the Movement for their support and understand towards Fiji over the years while the Government was carrying out changes and reforms as it geared towards true democratic elections on September 17.
"Your understanding towards our cause has lifted our spirit and helped us become a more confident global citizen," he said.
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