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UN: Leaders Oppose Unilateral Measures

United Nations, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) The heads of State and Government of one hundred countries reaffirmed their rejection of the promulgation of unilateral economic, financial and commercial sanctions that prevent a full economic and social development.

They said those actions particularly hit underdeveloped countries, according to a statement approved in a high level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Rule of Law.

The text calls for strengthening the rule of law as a key factor to prevent wars, and highlights the links between this issue at national and international levels and economic growth, sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger.

The document reaffirms the principles of sovereign equality of the States, the self-determination of the people under colonial domination and foreign occupation and the non interference in the internal affairs of States.

It also reaffirms the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion.

In his speech during the meeting, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon insisted on the need to implement laws fairly, and rejected the selectivity in the implementation of resolutions, decisions and legislations.

Speakers in the first session on the issue included Presidents of Honduras, Iran, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as human rights chiefs of UN, the International Court of Justice and other agencies and institutions.

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