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Wednesday, August 29 , 2012 - 06.43 GMT
President to leave for NAM summit in Teheran


President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave this evening for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement currently being held in Teheran.

President Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the Summit on Thursday.

Sri Lanka was among the twenty five participants that attended the 1st NAM Summit of Belgrade. Fifth Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement was held in Sri Lanka in August 1976 under the leadership of late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

The 16th NAM Summit will gather heads of state and governments of the 120-member organization on August 30 and 31 to discuss nuclear disarmament, human rights and regional issues at the summit. The foreign ministers conference will be held today and tomorrow.

The most important international developments including the violence and crisis in Syria, nuclear disarmament, violation of human rights by the imperial powers, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear program will take center stage at the discussions.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also attend the summit.

The Iranian media reported that a wide security network will be in operation for the heads of state summit and over 100,000 police officers will be deployed to provide security for the attendees.

At the Tehran summit, Iran will take over the presidency of NAM from Egypt for the next three years.

NAM is an international organization with 120 member states that is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. Nearly two-thirds of the countries of the United Nations are also NAM members.

NAM is the biggest international organization after the United Nations General Assembly.






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