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Non-Aligned Summit Ends With Anti-War Declaration - 2003-02-25


Ministers from 116 developing nations have declared their opposition to any war in Iraq without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, but they have called on Baghdad to actively comply with U-N demands to disarm.

The declaration is among several adopted Tuesday by leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement as they closed a two-day summit in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Anti-war sentiment was a key theme.

The members, who represent more than half the world's population, also called for a peaceful resolution to North Korea's standoff with the United States over nuclear development. Pyongyang blocked the group's efforts to send a strong message urging that it re-join a global treaty preventing the spread of atomic weapons.

Another summit declaration condemns Israel for what it describes as human rights violations and war crimes in Palestinian areas. The document did not impose the economic sanctions that Palestinians had hoped to see.

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