An Iranian lawmaker has called on the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states to set a new trend in the fight against modern colonialism. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states "can create a new precedent in the fight against neo-colonialism and racism in the world,” Mehdi Davatgari, member of Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told IRNA on Thursday.
He said that a reform in the UN structure, as stressed in the Tehran Summit statement, would pave the way for the total elimination of new colonialism through decreasing the authority of the veto-wielding powers and increasing the power of the members of the General Assembly.He said that in the past, colonialism was in the form of invading other countries but the new style of colonialism is after economic, scientific and cultural domination over nations to impede their progress. Davatgari said that a clear instance is the hegemonic powers’ attempt to block other nations’ access to peaceful nuclear technology. The 16th NAM Summit was wrapped up in the Iranian capital on August 31, with the member states passing a final resolution, which included over 700 clauses. NAM, an international organization with 120 member states, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members. AR/MA/AZ