Indonesia to host Non-Aligned Movement conference
Indonesia: After hosting the ASEAN summit, Indonesia is ready
for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference slated for Monday in Bali,
and poised to lead the 118-nation group in drafting a vision for the
next 50 years, local media reported on Monday. Indonesia last chaired
the NAM in 1992, just after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The end of the Cold War raised questions on the relevance of the
organization, which was founded in 1961 to encourage developing nations
to stay neutral in the rivalry between the Western bloc led by the U.S.
and the Eastern bloc led by the Soviet Union.
“In 1992, we hosted the NAM that came up with revitalized objectives
after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. After 20
years, we again have a moment to determine what this organization can do
in the next 50 years,” Sunu M. Soemarmo, Foreign Ministry director for
socio-cultural affairs and international organizations for developing
countries, said on Sunday.
The Non-Aligned Movement’s current chair, Egypt, has been focused on
domestic affairs after former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled after
decades in power.The meeting, which will commemorate the NAM’s 50th
anniversary, is expected to determine a vision for what the grouping
wants to do in the next half century.
While Indonesia might want to portray itself as an international
leader, critics have expressed doubts on the nation’ s use of the forum
to promote its varied international interests and activities. Most of
the NAM members have stated that reform of the UN Security Council
should be a priority for the grouping.
Jakarta, Monday, Xinhua