NAM’s Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean

Since its inception the Movement has not only attempted to create a world free from imperialistic and colonialist powers overshadowing the freedom and independence of each country, but also has made and continues to make efforts to bring the developing countries and once colonised nations at par with the contemporary world. It focuses on resolving methodically issues that hamper the growth of a nation, progressing towards an independent and harmonised future. At present NAM has 120 members each contributing and collaborating for the set goals of NAM also working towards enhancing and supporting its other member nations.

Mediterranean region and its problems have been a matter of concern for the region and its people causing the movement to take measures to help develop and secure the region for its people. The Heads of State or Government in the movement have been in a constant process of doing so in each of its summits.

They review the developments that occurred in the Mediterranean region since the region became a part of the movement. They reaffirm and reiterate their determination to strengthen the course of dialogue and consultations in the support of inclusive and reasonable co-operation in the region in resolving the problems breathing in the Mediterranean region, also in the purging of the causes of strain and the following threat to peace and security.

They stress that value for the right to self-determination, eradication of foreign occupation and foreign bases, non-interference in the internal affairs and reverence for the autonomy of States are prerequisites for the establishment of peace and steadiness in the Mediterranean region.

The Heads of State or Government have made recommendations to the Cartagena Summit which had earlier proposed several suggestions to control the situation in the region also welcoming the various steps taken to encourage and promote Mediterranean co-operation and security as reflected in the relevant paragraphs of the Final Document of Cartagena. In welcoming the decision taken by the IPU Second Conference on Security and Co-operation in the Mediterranean to set up an association of Mediterranean States, they stressed their conviction that parliaments should be actively involved in bringing the peoples of the Mediterranean region closer together. In this context, they acknowledged that prospects for a closer Euro-Mediterranean affiliation in all its fields, together with the parliamentary level, would boost such development process and would benefit from the involvement of all Mediterranean States in fortifying the co-operation in the region.

In the context of working towards reinforcing protection and stability in this crucial region, NAM and its members welcome Libya’s decision to abolish all matter, equipment and programmes which direct to the manufacture of armaments of mass devastation and their ways of delivery, jointly with the matter-of-fact steps to put into practice this decision it has undertaken since.

The case of Libya shows that the troubles of proliferation can be tackled with dialogue and engagement and that states have not anything to be alarmed about or from approaching forward and admitting non-compliance.

The Heads of State or Government further highly praised the hard work of the Non-Aligned Mediterranean Countries in meeting the rising manifold challenges sharpened by terrorist activities and planned criminal activity, together with drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal migration, which are posturing a severe danger to security and stability in the region. In this regard, they dedicated themselves to reinforce further their collaboration with the view to eradicating these threats and thus enhancing the present political, economic and social situation in the Mediterranean region. NAM hopes such measures will be able to guide them in the betterment of the conditions of the region.

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