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The 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement Encourages Peace in Palestine

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Delegates and government representatives attend the closing session of the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday (20/01/2024). (Photo:AFP/Luis Tato)


The Non-Aligned Movement under the chairmanship of Uganda held its 19th Summit in Kampala, Uganda on January 19-20, 2024 on "Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence". The summit was attended by 121 member countries as well as some other countries and international organizations such as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The summit resulted in four documents, including the Non-Aligned Movement Political Declaration that encouraged the peace realization in Palestine.

Guterres on Saturday said the destruction in Gaza had never happened before, and all must recognize the rights of Palestinians to own a country.


According to the U.N. Secretary-General, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, as well as the rejection of the right to belong to a country for Palestinians were unacceptable. These rejections would escalate the ongoing conflict into a big threat to global peace and security, worsen polarization, and strengthen extremism everywhere.

Guterres said currently the people of Gaza were dying not only from bombs and bullets but also lack of food and clean water. Besides, hospitals do not have medicine and electricity is out.

The U.N. Secretary-General saw a vivid convergence between the UN Charter principles and the Non-Aligned Movement principles in the Bandung Principles. The two stated support for world peace
and cooperation. He then affirmed that the Non-Aligned Movement Summit played an important role in the UN, mainly to fight for the people of Palestine.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pahala Mansury who led Indonesian delegates at the summit asked the non-aligned to unite, push for a ceasefire in Gaza, and encourage a peace process and Palestine's full membership in the UN.


Pahala Mansury said the Non-Aligned Movement is a giant of political power, with 121 member countries and more than 55 percent of the world's population. With such a power, Mansury said, the Non-Aligned Movement must be able to change the world order to show more justice for all. 


The Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Uganda was one of the efforts by nations in the world, including Indonesia to encourage peace in Palestine. Currently, there are at least 5 members of the
movement who are non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely Gabon, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Kenya. They were expected to help voice the joint position of the Non-Aligned Movement about Palestine.

The Non-Aligned Movement members in the UN Security Council, even with the Political Declaration which urges for peace realization in Palestine, should be able to stop violence, to realize a two-state solution, and to create peace in Palestine.

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