May 31, 2014

Eritrea takes part in 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement

Eritrea takes part in 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement

Asmara, 31 May 2014 – Eritrea took part in the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement which was conducted from 26 to 29 of this month in Algiers, Algeria, under the theme “Enhancing Solidarity for Peace and Development.”

Heading the Eritrean delegation at the meeting, the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN, Mr. Girma Asmerom, pointed out that the people and successive governments of Algeria hold special place in the hearts and minds of the Eritrean people and their leadership for supporting the Eritrean armed struggle for independence in a manner that is consistent with the values and principles of the Non-Aligned Movement.

He further explained the significance of Algiers city in connection with the fact that the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia agreed to solve their border dispute on the basis of the final and binding arbitration mechanism concluded there.

In this connection, Mr. Girma indicated that no country, neither big nor small, under any justification or pretext should be allowed to occupy the sovereign territory of another country, and that such practice should not be tolerated but to the contrary condemned and rejected. Stating that withdrawal of the occupying party from a sovereign territory under occupation is the sole solution thereof, he stressed that the Ethiopian government must be urged to respect its treaty obligations and unconditionally and immediately withdraw from sovereign Eritrean territory including Badme town.

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