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NAM resolves to fight against terrorism

Leaders of NAM on Sunday strongly and unequivocally condemned and rejected terrorism in all its forms.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 16:26 IST

Leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Sunday strongly and unequivocally condemned and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and resolved to act speedily and effectively to eliminate the global scourge.

In the final document adopted at its 14th Summit, the movement urged member-countries to help combat the evil by prosecuting or extraditing the perpetrators of terrorist acts and preventing the organisation, instigation or financing of terrorism against other states from their territories.

The 116-member grouping called for an international summit conference under the auspices of the United Nations to formulate a joint organised response to terrorism, including identifying its root causes.

The document, however, said terrorism should not be equated with the legitimate struggle of people under colonial or alien domination and foreign occupation for self-determination and national liberation.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the Indian delegation to the summit, which ended late on Saturday night.

The document emphasised that the present global scenario presented great challenges in the areas of peace and security, economic development and social progress, human rights and the rule of law to non-aligned countries.

The leaders noted that the movement's desire to establish a peaceful and prosperous world as well as a just and equitable world order remained encumbered by fundamental impediments.

These include the continuing lack of resources and underdevelopment of a majority of the developing world, on the one hand, and the continuing lack of cooperation and coercive and unilateral measures imposed by some developed countries, in a veiled reference to the US.

"The rich and powerful countries continue to exercise an inordinate influence in determining the nature and direction of international relations, including economic and trade relations, as well as the rules governing these relations, many of which are at the expense of developing countries," the final document said.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 16:26 IST