The two-day summit of the Foreign Ministers of the Non-aligned movement member states, began today, August 28, in the Capital of Iran, Tehran. The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ramzy Ezzeldin, passed on the leadership of the Movement to the Iranian FM, Ali Akbar Salehi, during the opening ceremony. The delegates are going to discuss the ‘Final Document’ adopted during the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 7–10 May.
The Document refers to the attempt of battling imperialism and racism, as well as the avoidance of any military invasion against the member states of the Movement.
What is certainly quite interesting is that it also recognises the right of all states in the world to obtain Nuclear Programmes for peaceful purposes.
The whole situation is ironically surreal. An Organisation (this classification seems more suitable, considering its structure) consisting of, to its greatest extent by post-colonial States, talking about the Right to go Nuclear in an era where anti-nuclear political action is rather prominent on behalf of the Western Great Powers in the International System. And on top of everything, this year’s Summit’s Chair will be the FM of Iran.
What is also worth noticing is that, apart from African and several South American and Asian-Pacific countries, in the member-states list, we can see most States that the Great Western Powers were in conflict with (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Iran), and also China and Kazakhstan, who are considered to be uprising economies and substantially important players for different reasons.
This year’s Summit is a political statement for the Non Align-Movement. They are re-defining themselves. The Iranian leadership is deliberately provocative. Could we perhaps say that this is a beginning of a New political Pole’s formation within the International Political System? It is fairly risky to make such an assumption considering the large number of member-states included and the scarce political infrastructure due to its loose structure (Many states entered the Movement as a mere reaction to imperialism and not because they had a clear political agenda).
However, taking into account the latest political tension that has been going on over crucial energy and economic matters between the Non-Aligned states and the Western Players (e.g. The Nuclear Programme of Iran, which is one of the major energy suppliers for the EU countries), this scenario wouldn’t seem far from truth even in the near future.