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Venezuela Thanks NAM for Confidence on Next Summit

Tehran, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro thanked the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) today for its vote of confidence in the Bolivarian Republic as host for the 2015 meeting of heads of state.

Speaking at the XVI summit meeting that is concluding today in Tehran, Maduro said location of the next meeting in Caracas will take place at a particular historical moment amidst a renewed desire for emancipation of the developing nations.

“Let’s break the ties that have bound us to colonial systems for so many years,” emphasized Maduro after Venezuela was granted official host status and, by extension, recognition as part of the Non-Aligned “troika” along with Iran and Egypt.

He also emphasized that NAM now has the chance to become a leading movement for a new stage of humanity, which is the “multipolar” system.

Minister Maduro also said that an important aspiration for 2015 is that the members of the forum “reposition the NAM along with its historical context, as a much stronger player in the UN and other places.”

This will facilitate the resolution of conflicts arising from the interference of U.S. imperialism and other interested powers as they attempt to seize the wealth of the poorest countries, Maduro added.

He also stressed the ability of the NAM forum to preside over various stages of history after its creation in Belgrade in 1961, in the midst of a bipolar world mired in the Cold War.

First during Africa’s decolonization process, then the Cuban Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro, and finally the emancipation movements in Asia and Africa that once marked the agenda of the United Nations system.

Regarding to Latin America, Maduro assured that there is real desire for change and mentioned the creation of examples that mark what he called “a new era” such as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), Petrocaribe, the newly created ECLAC and UNASUR (Union of South American Nations).

Maduro also claimed solidarity with the Palestinian cause, with the people of Syria who are fighting against NATO interventionism, and Iran’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

He also praised the recent pressure from ECLAC at the OAS with the case of Ecuador, which forced the UK to retract its threats against the Ecuadoran embassy for granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

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