The head of state noted that being the largest international institution after the UN General Assembly, the NAM is considered a genuine example of multilateralism with its cross-regional membership, uniting 120 countries from diverse historical, political, and cultural backgrounds.
The historical Bandung principles, such as the respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity, refraining from acts of aggression, and the non-interference in the internal affairs lie at the core of the NAM, said the Azerbaijani president, adding. “Those principles remain valid and essential in the current international relations. If the Bandung Principles were upheld by all States, we would not observe the wars and conflicts.”
The violation of the territorial integrity of States with the use of force is totally unacceptable, President Aliyev said, stressing that Azerbaijan fully supports the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
“In order to contribute more to strengthening peace, security, international law and justice Azerbaijan decided to join the NAM family in 2011. In a short time, Azerbaijan gained great confidence and esteem among the Member States of the Movement, and with a unanimous decision of the NAM leaders of 2016, Azerbaijan was elected as the chair of the NAM for the period of 2019-2022,” President Aliyev added.