NAM Leaders Gather in Kampala Emphasize Imperative Global Peace, Respect of Sovereignty

BY K F MALE

President Yoweri Museveni alongside other leaders

In a resolute display of unity, leaders from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) gathered in Kampala, emphasizing the imperative in for global peace and respect for sovereignty.

The summit opened with a fervent call to end the struggles faced by developing regions, symbolized by the ongoing tug-of-war between the Global South and Global North.

President Yoweri Museveni, assuming the NAM Summit Chair, underscored the organization’s founding principles of promoting democracy and mutual respect. He challenged the West, urging them to lead by example rather than imposing their views, emphasizing that true democracy thrives on freedom, not force.

Moussa Faki, the African Union Commission Chairperson, seized the moment to advocate for a Two-State solution in the Middle East, condemning Israel’s actions and emphasizing the theme of the summit – “deepening cooperation for shared global affluence.” He stressed the need for strategic partnerships to tackle conflicts, terrorism, and instability, expressing Africa’s commitment to peace and development.

Dennis Francis, President of the UN General Assembly session 78, brought a global perspective, highlighting the world’s deep fragmentation and the need for effective strategies to address mutual challenges. He implored the NAM movement to exert its influence to halt the ongoing war in Gaza, warning that the conflict could spill over and threaten global peace if not promptly addressed.

As the leaders spoke with conviction and unity, the NAM Summit in Kampala emerged as a beacon for diplomacy, emphasizing the pursuit of a world where freedom, democracy, and respect for sovereignty prevail over oppression and interference.

Cuba’s Vice President, Salvador Valdez Mesa, representing the G77+China, echoed the sentiment, calling for support against external aggression, specifically highlighting the plight of Western Sahara and Puerto Rico. He condemned the indiscriminate targeting of women and children in Gaza, denouncing it as one of the cruelest genocidal acts witnessed.

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