Unity required in the face of unilateralism: //Hoëbes

22 Jul 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Christine //Hoëbes said the principles and purpose of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) need to be remembered for unity to be maintained in the face of unilateralism and tendencies of self-proclaimed interests.
According to a statement availed to Nampa on Monday, //Hoëbes made these remarks at a ministerial meeting on the occasion of NAM that took place on Saturday and Sunday in Caracas, Venezuela, under the theme ‘Promotion and Consolidation of Peace through Respect of International Law’.
She said the meeting was important as it emphasised the importance of promoting respect, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, human rights, peace and development.
“As we continue to witness the erosion of multilateralism, this could not only reverse the hard won progress made over decades, but also run against the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17,” she said.
SDG 17 focuses on revitalising the global partnership and international cooperation for sustainable development.
She added that Namibia, as a child of international solidarity, has enshrined in its Constitution the principle of non-alignment, respect of international law, peaceful coexistence and non-interference in the affairs of others states.
//Hoëbes added this is why President Hage Geingob as the current chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, delivered a declaration recognising the people of Venezuela expressing their political choice through their Parliamentary elections of December 2015 and May 2018.
“Namibia supports all efforts in finding a just and lasting peaceful solution to conflict through genuine dialogue between all stakeholders,” she said.