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NAM urges G8 to work for peace in Mideast

The Non-Aligned Movement says G8 provides the best hope for an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 21:01 IST

The Non-Aligned Movement has called on the Group of Eight major industrial nations to revive the Middle East "road map," saying it provides the best hope for an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

NAM chairman, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, also said G8 must also respect the Palestinian people's democratic right to choose their own government, after the militant group Hamas was recently elected to run the Palestinian territories.

"G8 must engage the new government through contacts and dialogue, not shun or ostracise it," Abdullah said in a message sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The G8 summit begins on Saturday in St Petersburg, Russia. Russia and the United States, both G8 members, should ensure the Middle East road map is implemented in an even-handed and fair manner, Abdullah said.

The long-stalled road map initiated by Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union seeks to create an independent Palestinian state.

Abdullah said the conflict had been made worse by an Israeli-built wall in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel's current military offensive in Gaza.

"It is patently clear that there will be no lasting solution to the conflict unless there is an end to the occupation of the Palestinian lands and violation of the human rights and the fulfilment of the aspiration and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people for an independent and sovereign state," Bernama quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Abdullah will write a letter to the permanent members of the UN Security Council urging for immediate action to stop Israel's attacks in Gaza and Lebanon.

"Their (Israel's) acts in Palestine and Lebanon show that they totally have no regard for the others," Syed Hamid was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"We call on the UN, the US and the other major powers to look into the matter seriously and to stop the violence."

NAM, made up of 116 mostly developing nations, is the world's biggest bloc after the United Nations.