‘Cooperation among independent States vital’:
Sri Lanka and Iran for a new world order
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Mahinda Rajapaksa
have stressed the need for a new world order at their meeting over the
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Rio+20 UN Conference on
Sustainable Development in Rio, Brazil.
“Cooperation among independent States is essential for their progress
forward; the justice-seeking nations should cooperate to design a new
global order; those who are behind today’s problems do not deserve
designing the new order,” the two leaders said.
“Independent States are under great pressure from hegemonic powers
but they should understand the fact that the pressure including the
sanctions and resolutions will not affect the nations’ desire to resist;
the biggest violators of human rights use the issue as an excuse to
confront sovereign nations.”
“Arrogant powers use environmental issues too as an excuse to
pressure developing nations but if they were real defenders of the
environment they would change their polluting technologies.”
The Iranian president said that those who are afraid of change of the
current world order are designing plots to weaken independent States and
prevent their progress; the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran is an
opportunity to take positive steps in favour of independent nations;
Today’s world lacks independent movements and NAM has the capacity to
fill the gap, he said.
Ahmadinejad also said that Iran is committed to expand cooperation
with Sri Lanka.
President Rajapaksa for his part, welcomed the development of
bilateral relations with Iran, noting that NAM should become stonger to
confront the pressure posed by arrogant powers.
“The holding of the NAM summit in Tehran can boost its role in the
international community,” he said.
The two leaders left Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro city after participating
in the Rio+20 UN Conference, for the Venezuelan capital city Caracas to
visit and confer with the country’s top officials on issues of mutual
In Venezuela they were scheduled to meet President Hugo Chavez, where
they would discuss and exchange ideas on regional and international
The 16th summit of the NAM member States will be held in Tehran from
August 26-31. Iran will receive the rotating presidency of the movement
from Egypt for three years during the Tehran summit.
NAM comprises some 120 member States and 17 observer countries. It
represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.
The Non-Aligned Movement is the largest grouping of countries outside
the United Nations, aimed at giving a voice to the developing world. The
organisation was founded in the former Yugoslavia in 1955. NAM’s 118
member States represent around 56 percent of the world’s population. The
movement also has 17 observer members. The purpose of the organisation
as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure ‘the national
independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of
The Iranian President addressed the first day meeting of the UN
sponsored conference and proposed ideas for a new world order, including
the participation of entire world nations and those governments which
are the representatives of their people in world management.