Union Minister U Kyaw Tin delivers Statement via video link at Online Ministerial Meeting of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on margins of 75th Session of United Nations General Assembly

Union Minister U Kyaw Tin participates in the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) via videoconference on 9 October 2020. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin delivered a statement via video link at the Online Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held on 9 October 2020 on the margins of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Meeting was held under the theme “Bandung+65: More Relevant, United and Effective NAM against Emerging Global Challenges, including COVID-19”.
In his statement, the Union Minister underscored the need to strengthen the unity and cooperation within the Movement, on the occasion of its 65th Anniversary, to effectively respond to unprecedented challenges — rising geopolitical tensions, warming planet and waning multilateralism, which are compounded by a new health crisis of COVID-19. In this regard, he encouraged NAM members to keep the market open, secure smooth flow of trade and to ensure global access to vaccines at an affordable price.
The Union Minister stated that the Movement was founded at the time of the Cold War by newly independent nations based on the Bandung Principles to build a peaceful and prosperous world and a just and equitable order where states can determine independently their own destinies, and Myanmar, as a founding member of the Movement, has steadfastly pursued the non-alignment as a key component of its Foreign Policy, with solid faith in the Bandung Principles.
He also mentioned that Myanmar is undergoing a democratic transition, and grappling with numerous challenges including in ending the decades-long armed conflicts, uplifting the socio-economic lives of the people and amending the undemocratic Constitution, complicated by the mounting smear campaign against Myanmar, and reaffirmed Myanmar’s full commitment to overcome these challenges.
Furthermore, the Union Minister called upon NAM member states to strengthen the unity of the diverse membership and resolve the issues between the members of the Movement in an amicable and constructive manner by trying to understand each other’s challenges, to make the Movement stronger to rise up to the global challenges.
The Non-Aligned Movement is currently chaired by Azerbaijan for the term 2019-2022. The Online Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement adopted a Political Declaration.—MNA

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