The leaders and senior officials of 116 developing countries are meeting in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, for a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Their discussions will cover regional, international political and economic issues, but the possibility of conflict with Iraq has featured prominently in the speeches of many of the delegates.
The Malaysian premier opened the summit
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
Opposition to warmongering is a position of principle which should not be understood as support for any particular policy. Indeed, it is policy against a dangerous precedent and trend towards the consolidation of growing unilateralism.
South African President Thabo Mbeki
Peace and stability in our countries and in the rest of the world demands that Iraq, a long-standing member of our movement, should cooperate fully with the UN Security Council and the weapons inspectors, to satisfy all humanity that she has no weapons of mass destruction. Peace and stability in our countries and the rest of the world demands that all of us, including those who are incomparably more powerful than we are, should respect the findings of the weapons inspectors and the decisions of the Security Council fully, and without reservation...
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
For the sake of its own people, and for the sake of the world security and world order, I urge the Iraqi leadership to choose full transparency and co-operation with the inspectors to help avoid conflict...
Nepalese Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand
In the interest of world peace and stability, Nepal would like to see all obligations regarding weapons of mass destruction fulfilled as well as diplomatic avenues exhausted before any military options are mandated...
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
We must admit that our organisation has not been as effective as it should be. War must be outlawed. We must struggle for justice and freedom from oppression, from economic hegemony...
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
It is essential that Iraq complies fully with the obligations it has accepted, including disarmament... As a fellow NAM member, this is our sincere advice to Iraq. We also expect that if Iraq fully complies, the sanctions against that country should be lifted.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
NAM must be a strong, principled voice against terrorism, whether by individuals, groups, or by states. Our movement must work to promote a universally accepted definition of terrorism. At the same time, we must not allow anyone to manipulate the fight against terrorism to delegitimise just struggles of peoples against illegal occupation...
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Shaykh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah
The threat of war and uncertainty looms in the sky of our region due to the insistence of the Iraqi Government not to abide seriously, effectively and fully by the Security Council resolutions, particularly the resolutions related to the destruction of its weapons of mass destruction and implementation of Resolution 1441 ... The decision to avert the war and the deterioration of the situation is not in the hands of the region's states, but is the responsibility of the Iraqi Government first and foremost...
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