H.E. SYED MOHAMAD HASRIN AIDID
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AT THE ONLINE MEETING OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT (NAM)
9 OCTOBER 2020
Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,
1. Let me begin by thanking His Excellency Mr. Araz Azimov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan for convening this online Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement.
2. We are meeting at a critical juncture where humanity is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at an unprecedented magnitude. The only way to defeat the pandemic is to work together in unison with stronger international cooperation and strengthened multilateral institutions.
3. Addressing the pandemic requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) at its center. The Movement must take the lead and continue to support global efforts to accelerate research and development for a vaccine that is affordable, accessible and equitably shared for all.
4. The Movement must also be at the forefront of the distribution effort of the vaccine once it is developed. Equally important is for the Movement to prepare comprehensively to fight future pandemics.
5. In this regard, Malaysia looks forward to the convening of the 31st Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in Response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. In June this year, Malaysia co-initiated the Statement of Support to the UN Secretary General’s Appeal for a Global Ceasefire amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We highly valued the strong endorsement from among the Member States of the Movement. The Movement should continue to support the call by the Secretary-General to realise a global ceasefire by the end of the year.
7. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains an issue of regional and global concern. Malaysia calls upon the international community to uphold the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Malaysia will continue to reaffirm its support for the realisation of the State of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The only viable way forward is towards a negotiated two-state solution.
8. In Myanmar, the situation in Rakhine State has continued to cause a spill over impact to neighbouring countries, including to Malaysia. Malaysia reiterates the need to find a comprehensive, just and durable solution to address the root causes of the conflict in Rakhine State.
9. On the South China Sea issue, due to its sensitivity and complexity, Malaysia remains resolute that it must be managed in a peaceful and rational manner through dialogue and consultations, in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law, including UNCLOS 1982.
10. For more than six (6) decades, the Movement has been an important entity playing influential roles in international relations, guided by the (10) principles originated from the 1955 Bandung Conference.
11. As we commemorate the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Bandung Declaration, let us strive to strengthen our unity and cohesion including by observing and respecting the principles and working methods of the Movement to effectively meet the challenges ahead.
I, thank you.