Baku (ANTARA) - The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) should actively participate in reshaping the new world order, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has said.

“As the second largest international institution after the UN, NAM should play a more visible and efficient role in the international arena and actively participate in reshaping the new world order,” he observed in Baku on Thursday.

He delivered the statement during a summit-level meeting of the NAM Contact Group in response to COVID-19 and post-pandemic global recovery in Baku on Thursday.

Aliyev said that the new world order is in the process of being reshaped.

“Now, the world is witnessing the most serious East-West confrontation since the end of the Cold War, with repercussions for the remaining part of the world. Unfortunately, nowadays, we observe a rising tendency towards neo-colonialism,” he added.

NAM, which came into existence due to the historical decolonization process, should unify its efforts toward completely eliminating this shameful page of mankind, he said.

NAM has always strongly supported the unquestionable sovereignty of the Union of Comoros over the island of Mayotte, which continues to be under the colonial rule of France, he said.

As reflected in its fundamental documents, NAM calls on the French government to respect the rights of the New Caledonian people and other peoples in French overseas communities and territories.

“The French-administered territories outside Europe are nasty remains of the French colonial empire. We also call on France to apologize and admit its responsibility for its colonial past and bloody colonial crimes and acts of genocide against NAM member countries in Africa, South-East Asia, and other places,” the President said.

Another important issue, which has been discussed worldwide for many years, is the UN system’s reforms, Aliyev highlighted.

“The UN Security Council is reminiscent of the past and does not reflect the current reality,” he said.

The composition of the Security Council should be expanded to make it more representative and more geographically fair, he added.

One permanent seat should be given to the Non-Aligned Movement, and the country holding the position of chair of the movement should have this seat on a rotating basis.

“I call on NAM member countries to start consultations on this issue and present their views to the relevant UN Committee. We also support the allocation of permanent seats for Africa in the Security Council,” Aliyev said.

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