Non-Aligned Movement Says National Struggle Against Occupation Cannot Be Called Terrorism
The LEGITIMATE national struggle against foreign occupation should not be equated with terrorism, the Non-Aligned Movement told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of the 120-member group, Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Zahra Ershadi, condemned the terrorist acts as “a flagrant violation of international law”.
She said such acts deprive people of their basic rights and freedoms while endangering international security.
But she argued that terrorism “should not be equated with the legitimate struggle of peoples under colonial or foreign domination and foreign occupation, for self-determination and national liberation.
“The brutality of those who remain under foreign occupation must continue to be denounced as the most serious form of terrorism, and the use of state power for repression and violence against those fighting against foreign occupation. in the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination must continue to be condemned.
The Non-Aligned Movement, officially established in 1961, remains committed to respect for national sovereignty, she said, and warned that unilateral sanctions were undermining the global fight against terrorism.
Although it did not name the United States, it is currently the main power subjecting countries in Latin America and the Middle East, many of which are part of the Non-Aligned Movement, to sanctions. coercive.