The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has been, and is, a concrete, real force advocating world peace, Cameroonian FM Lejeune Mbella Mbella said on Tuesday in Belgrade, opening a plenary session of the second day of the 60th anniversary summit of the NAM.

Sixty years ago, thanks to the wisdom of the NAM’s founders, the way was paved for many countries to gain independence, he said.

In spite of everything that was going on in the world at the time, the 1961 founding summit in Belgrade empowered the movement in its beginnings, which reaffirmed its fundamental principles and goals, he said.

Burkina Faso official Evelyn Ebodu said the 60th anniversary of the NAM was being commemorated in a time of a major health and financial crisis.

The anniversary commemoration in Belgrade demonstrates our evident will to continue to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation among NAM member states, she said.

She added that, for six decades, the NAM had been a framework for exchanges and meetings, as well as for protecting and defending the interests of the member states.

Source: Tanjug