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Cuban FM slams unfair int'l order imposed by Western powers
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19:29, July 13, 2009

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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Monday blamed the Western hegemony for causing the unfair international order that hurts developing countries' interests.

"The rich countries of the West continue to bet on the preservation of an international order that is based on the use of force, technology, and economic power against the weakest," he said at the ministerial meeting of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The unfair order "makes an unequal distribution of the wealth and it is based on irrational patterns of consumerism, destroys the environment and jeopardizes life in the planet, thus making it possible for a few to concentrate the economic and political power and make them decide for all of us," said Rodriguez, whose country holds the rotating NAM presidency from 2006 to 2009.

Egypt would take over the presidency at the 15th NAM summit slated for July 15-16 here.

Western big powers' policies and actions have infringed the UN Charter and International Law, and their interference has violated the sovereignty of developing countries, Rodriguez added.

Cuba, an island country in the Caribbean Sea, has a first-hand experience in deeply feeling the strike of the policies and actions, as it has been embargoed in economic, commercial and financial fields by the United States during the past five decades. Some 70 percent of Cubans have been born under the embargo.

Wars launched or supported by the powers continue to massacre innocent civilians with the aim of imposing a certain political models and depriving our peoples from their natural resources, said the top Cuban diplomat.

There exists "an unjust and plundering international economic order that now transfers unto the countries of the South the brunt of the global economic crisis, consolidates underdevelopment and increases poverty, hunger and the death of children, women and senior citizens from preventable diseases," he added.

These are scourges that constitute enough reasons to strengthen the work of NAM, he said.

Founded in September 1961, NAM now groups 118 member states, 16observer countries and 9 observer organizations.

The movement, which represents nearly two-thirds of UN member countries and comprises 55 percent of the world population, focuses on striving for interests of developing countries all over the world.


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