NAM leaders lash out at Israel as make calls for end to Iran crisis

Delegates at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit reaffirm stand on nuke free Korean Peninsula.

As leaders from third world countries are beginning to arrive in Havana, Cuba, delegates of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries are working hard to provide with definitions over the top issues in the global agenda. According to reports, the NAM called for fair and unconditional negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, as reaffirmed stand on nuke free Korean Peninsula.

Leaders of the most relevant NAM members arrived in Havana on Thursday to participate in the six-day summit. President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is now in Cuba where NAM delegates lashed out at Israel but dropped a proposed demand it be punished for “war crimes” during the recent invasion of Lebanon.

The delegates worked on a document demanding that Israel withdraw from the West Bank, stop its "aggression" in Gaza and release jailed Palestinian officials. "When that happens it will open the door for the resumption of the political process," said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN. But a senior official said the delegates dropped a proposed paragraph that called the Israeli actions "warcrimes for which the perpetrators must be held accountable and brought the justice."

Ahmadinejad’s Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, also arrived in Havana on Thursday. There he said the NAM summit was meeting in a very particular moment. “We are seeing the decadence of the US Empire”, he told journalists.

At his arrival in the Jose Marti airport, Chavez said he was going to visit ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who is recovering from an intestine surgery. New pictures of him meeting an Argentine politician released by the local media have risen expectations about Castro’s participation in the talks. Venezuela is looking for other members’ support to obtain a seat at the UN Security Council. His bid is being challenged by Guatemala, whose intentions are being backed by Washington.

As senior officials met for a third day, it remained unclear whether Cuban President Fidel Castro, 80, would show up in the summit in what would be his first public appearance since July. NAM diplomats are negotiating a final document stating that nations have the right of developing nuclear energy on peaceful purposes.

Hernan Etchaleco

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