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Al-Ghanim says world needs neutral third voice

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MOSCOW, June 30: Kuwaiti National Assembly (parliament) Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Thursday the world is in dire need of a principled neutral third voice that calls for applying law and justice amid lingering risks worldwide. Addressing the Parliamentary Network of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Conference, held in Baku, Al-Ghanim said that the fact that the Palestinian issue remains unresolved is proof of continuing perils in different world regions. He regretted that although the NAM was created 67 years ago, the risks that led to its inception are still looming large, pointing out hypotheses pertinent to a potential third war, not to mention civil wars and regional tensions.

Speaker of Parliament Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim during the conference

The Speaker cited the old but unresolved dossier of Palestine and the Zionist occupation of Palestinian territories as a clearcut paradigm in this regard. He stressed that the major challenge for the movement now is how to promote its main idea of being moderate and fair. Al-Ghanim thanked Azerbaijan for its proper management of the Non-Aligned Movement since it took over its rotating presidency three years ago, in addition to all efforts it has exerted during its term. Focusing on the role of national parliaments in promoting global peace and sustainable development, the conference, which kicked off in Baku earlier today, brings together parliamentary delegations from more than 40 countries, and representatives of nine international parliamentary organizations.

In the speech he delivered during the opening of the conference in Baku, Azerbaijan under the patronage of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev; Al-Ghanim asserted: “All of us have read world history. The images of the late Jamal Abdulnasser, Josip Tito, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sukarno and the leaders of more than 20 countries remain at the back of our minds; calling for action on the boundless madness and sharp polarization between the West and East, Socialism, Capitalism, Warsaw Pact and NATO. Such a call also meant, ‘You are not alone on the planet’. On the day we celebrate the 67th anniversary of NAM, we stress that it was launched in response to the suspicious and secret preparations which followed the end of World War II simultaneously with the end of the Korean War that divided Korea into two states.

The Warsaw Pact was launched three months prior to the launching of NAM. Since then, only faces, names and strategies have changed; but the core danger which led to NAM is still the same. The best example is the Zionist occupation of Palestine — a shameful spot on both the old and new world systems; refl ecting vicious politics, Machiavellism, double standard, arrogance and breaking of laws.

This problem persists without a fair solution to put an end to bloodshed, repression and displacement; hence, the need for a third non-aligned voice to enforce the law. The biggest challenge for NAM is need to enhance belief in the principles for which it was established — to be a fair and moderate mediator, while refraining from instigating tension or becoming a tool in the hands of others.” He pointed out that NAM is the third voice which rejected bipolarization, resisted isolation and enhanced variety; emphasizing NAM is not an isolated movement as it includes more than half of countries throughout the world with different religions, cultures and ethnicity. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies