Non-Aligned Movement demands end of economic sanctions

-2019-07-22 12:47:17 | local_news

The Non-Aligned Movement called for the lifting of unilateral economic sanctions, in a statement adopted by its ministerial meeting in Caracas, in which speakers criticized US policy toward Venezuela, Iran and Syria. 

The Movement, founded at the height of the Cold War in Belgrade in 1961 and currently comprising 120 countries, said it rejected unilateralism as an instrument of foreign policy as well as unilateral measures adopted by some countries that could erode and violate the Charter of the United Nations, international law and human rights, According to the "Caracas Political Declaration" adopted by diplomats and foreign ministers on Sunday, and reported by the AFP.

The statement called for a complete and immediate lifting of the sanctions, without explicitly referring to US sanctions against Venezuela, Iran or Cuba. But the foreign ministers of the three countries strongly criticized the measures taken against their countries in their speeches.

Venezuela, which holds the rotating presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement since 2016, is also subject to the sanctions of the administration of US President Donald Trump.

The ministerial meeting in Caracas was an opportunity to prepare for the Non-Aligned Summit scheduled for next October in Baku. Azerbaijan will be the next State to lead the movement.