NAM and the Syria Crisis

The Non-Aligned Movement came into being to profess peace and development, with such objective the movement has become second largest movement after the UN. Since its inception the Movement therefore attempted to create an independent path in world politics that would not result in Member States becoming pawns in the struggles between the major powers.
This resulted in a large part of its history being influenced by the global tension of the Cold War between the two super powers. A cursory glance at the history of the Movement reveals three basic elements which influenced the approaches of the Movement to international issues. These are the right of independent judgment, the struggle against imperialism and neo-colonialism, and the use of moderation in relations with all big powers.
NAM has sought to “create an independent path in world politics that would not result in member States becoming pawns in the struggles between the major powers.” It identifies the right of independent judgment, the struggle against imperialism and neo-colonialism, and the use of moderation in relations with all big powers as the three basic elements that have influenced its approach. At present, an addition goal is facilitating a restructuring of the international economic order, freeing from foreign occupation and domination; disarmament; non-interference into the internal affairs of States and peaceful coexistence among all nations; rejection of the use or threat of use of force in international relations; the strengthening of the United Nations ; the democratization of international relations ; socioeconomic development and the restructuring of the international economic system; as well as international cooperation on an equal footing.
Preaching solutions to maintain peace in the world NAM has always condemned the wrong that has been happening in and around the world. In the current situation where the crisis in regions of the world are increasing NAM has outrageously condemned the act of the terrorists. The ISIS problem in on rise and has attracted the attention of the world, NAM has shown support to the nations fighting on the land to curb the terrorism.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) is a Sunni extremist, jihadist rebel organization with its stronghold mainly in countries like Iraq and Syria. This terrorist group is responsible for carrying out ethnic cleansing in Iraq and Syria by killing non-Muslims or “non-believers” as they call them.
It has been declared as a terrorist organization by the UN, the EU, UK, Australia etc. the growing number of terrorist acts by ISIS and the atrocities committed by them against Yazidi women is particularly alarming. This organization is even more extremists in its ideology than the Al-Qaida in the sense that it goes on to target certain sections of the Muslim community. The brutality of ISIS is of the highest level so far, they not only believe in eliminating non-Muslims (kafirs) but they also don’t spare deviant sects of Islam like the Shias and the Alawites whom they consider to be “takfir” or heretics.
The specter of terrorism not only affects the south Asian countries but also the world. And the last thing that the world wants at this time is an increase in the number of organizations that perpetuate terrorism of any kind, especially Islamic terrorism which has engulfed the entire world.
NAM has taken heed of the situation and has shown support to the ‘Core Coalition’ helping to bring the situation under control. It has asserted that the member nations avoid showing support to such inhumane act.
The growing influence of the IS act is prone to affect member countries of NAM creating a wave of terror and dividing the globe in supporters of their act and ones against them. Terrorism not only adversely affects its victims but it also tarnishes the image of the community at large, in this case, it is the Muslim community.
The heinous acts of terror committed by various organizations like the Indian Mujahiddeen, Lashkar-e-Taiba , Al- Qaida and more recently ISIS is not only destroying the lives of thousands of people but also tarnishing the image of the Muslim community in the entire world. Like the old saying goes, one bad fish in the pond dirties the entire pond. Therefore, a collective effort is required on part of the Muslim world, the developed world and the NAM countries to fight this menace together.
Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) 17th Ministerial Conference which was held on May 28th and 29Th in Algiers, Algeria with the participation of Syria condemned the crimes committed by the terrorists in Syria and stressed support to the political solution to the crisis.
NAM has raised important issues in multilateral fora on matters related to disarmament, including: nonproliferation, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, NAM and UN fora, NPT related issues, nuclear weapons free zones, negative security assurances, and country specific issues. NAM has always condemned the wrong and made sure that no injustice is done to any country.

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