Non-Aligned Movement condemns presence of U.S. drone in Iran
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a diplomatic group, released a statement here Tuesday condemning the most recent incident of a U.S. drone in Iranian air space, Xinhua reported.
The statement reaffirmed the NAM's commitment to the UN Charter "including the principles of sovereignty and the sovereign equality of states, territorial integrity and non-intervention in the internal affairs of any state."
An unmanned U.S. spy plane, known as a drone, crashed in Iran on Dec. 4, 2011. The NAM statement said that the drone activity " contravenes all universally accepted existing international norms relating to sovereignty and inviolability of air space of sovereign countries and the basic purposes of peaceful and friendly relations that should exist among sovereign states."
The statement added that the drone action by the U.S. also contradicts the founding principles of the NAM.
The NAM consists of 120 UN member states and a number of observers. The group's goal is to avoid alignment with any major diplomatic or political bloc and promote both sovereignty and development.