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Tehran NAM summit concludes with final documents stressing peace

2012-08-31 21:25:20 GMT2012-09-01 05:25:20(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit concluded in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Friday after the adoption of the outcome documents which lay emphasis on peace.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the rotating chairman of the summit, read part of the final documents at the closing ceremony of the event, and said that the participants unanimously expressed their commitments to the principles and objectives of the NAM.

Participants called for "fundamental changes" in global governance and collective management of the world as the precondition of establishing peace, and all of them expressed the call for avoiding conflicts in the world, Ahmadinejad said.

"We agreed to ensure human rights and human dignity to develop love, affection and honesty," he said, adding that "We can solve the global challenges based on friendship."

He said that, by approving the final documents of the summit, the member states sent "important political messages" for establishing peace and justice in the world.

In the final documents, solidarity with the Palestinians has been emphasized as well.

But despite all sides' efforts, the Tehran meeting failed to please all as some major global issues seem to be remaining as they were.

On Friday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has been in Tehran for the first day of the two-day summit, regretted that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have yet to reach agreement on resolving Iran's nuclear issue.

Through a statement issued in the United Nations by his spokesman Farhan Haq, Ban pressed for a "diplomatic and negotiated solution" to the prolonged problem.

Ban's statement is in response to the latest quarterly report by the IAEA on Iran's disputed nuclear program, which said Thursday that Tehran is hindering the UN nuclear watchdog's inspection of its Parchin military complex, a possible site being used for suspected nuclear weapon development.

Ban left Iran on Friday after attending the NAM summit on Thursday. Although the United States and Israel opposed his visit to Iran for the meeting, the UN chief said he used "the opportunity of his participation ... to convey the clear concerns and expectations of the international community" on Iran's nuclear issue.

The NAM meeting in Tehran was held in three phases: preparatory senior officials meeting on Aug. 26-27, ministerial level meeting on Aug. 28-29, and the summit on Aug. 30-31. Representatives from over 100 countries gathered in the Iranian capital to discuss the new global challenges.

Venezuela was selected the host for the 17th NAM Summit in 2015, while two countries, namely Azerbaijan Republic and Fiji, were accepted as the new members of the organization.

Founded in the former Yugoslavia in 1961, the NAM represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members and about 55 percent of the world population.

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