- Jul 11, 2004
09-16) 20:29 PDT , (AP) --
Some highlights from the Nonaligned Movement summit's final declaration.
Denounces the brutalization of peoples under foreign occupation as the gravest form of terrorism. Asks that terrorism not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group and that it be recognized that the struggle of peoples under colonial or alien domination does not constitute terrorism.
Strongly condemns "the relentless Israeli aggression launched against Lebanon." Promotes a revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Supports the Palestinian people's "inalienable right to self-determination in their independent and sovereign State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital."
Defends the right of all countries to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes. Declares even the threat of attack against peaceful nuclear facilities to be "a great danger to human beings and the environment." Recognizes the International Atomic Energy Agency as the sole authority on nuclear verification. Encourages Iran to cooperate actively and fully with the IAEA to promote confidence and a peaceful resolution of the issue." Calls for a "nuclear-weapon-free zone" in the Middle East, including Israel.
Calls for more equitable representation in the United Nations by increasing the size of the Security Council and curtailing or eliminating the veto power of the five permanent Security Council members. Suggests allowing council vetoes to be overruled by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly.
Reiterates that democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political economic, social and cultural systems. Reaffirms that while all democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy, that it does not belong to any country or region, and that sovereignty and the right to self-determination should be respected.