Saturday, September 16, 2006

NAM backs Iran's peaceful use of nuclear energy

Leaders of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) nations on Saturday threw their weight behind Iran in its nuclear row with the West, saying Iran had the right to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

The leaders attending the 14th NAM summit in Havana adopted a statement reaffirming "the basic and inalienable right of all states to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes." READ MORE

They also called for the resolution of the Iranian nuclear dispute through diplomatic means and peaceful dialogue.

"The only way to resolve the issue is to resume negotiations without any preconditions," the statement stressed.

It also called on Iran to continue to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) so that a final settlement of the issue could be found as early as possible.