Telesur | 12 September, 2016
The Non-Alignment Movement was founded in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1961 in the midst of anti-colonial struggles in Africa and Asia. The founding members, mostly all revolutionary leaders in their recently liberated countries, wanted to forge a union of mutual respect and cooperation among developing countries.
In 1979, Cuban President Fidel Castro said the purpose of the organization was to ensure “the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries” in their “struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony…”
Currently NAM has 120 members.
The founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1960-61: (L-R) Nehru of India, Nkrumah of Ghana, Nassar of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia and Tito of Yugoslavia. Photo:Flickr / Abayomi Azikiwe