Enhanced Role for Political Parties in Our New Multilateral World

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Enhanced Role for Political Parties in Our New Multilateral World


(Statement at the 5th General Assembly, ICAPP, Sept. 24-27, Astana, Kazakhstan.)Before all else, let me offer to His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev and to the leaders of the Nur Otan Party our appreciation of their splendid reception of this our Fifth General Assembly here in Kazakhstan’s new capital-city of Astana in the heartland of Central Asia and Eurasia.Let me also offer ICAPP’s congratulations to President Nazabayev for his leadership and development of the nation and for the way he has raised his country’s visibility in the eyes of the global community. He is assisted in the Nur Otan Party by Vice Chairman Darkhan Kaletayev and Muhtar Yerman in coordinating with our parties in Asia.We stand together against extremism, separatismNine years after its founding in Manila in September, 2000, ICAPP has developed well beyond our initial hopes.Here, in our home continent, we now represent more than 200 parties – ruling and opposition – from 45 countries.And we stand together against political extremism in every form.Negotiated politic setllements, not just military solutionsWe reject any resort to intimidation or violence as a means of settling disputes. We oppose separatism and we urge instead the negotiated political settlement of all problems within and between the states we represent. Plain military solutions will not suffice!We seek reconciliation in all Asia’s conflict zones – from the Koreas to the Taiwan Straits – from Mindanao through Southern Thailand to Nepal – from Kashmir and Afghanistan to Iraq and Palestine – and from Chechnya to the Caucasus.In unity, we seek to eradicate poverty and political corruption – speed up the political and economic integration of our Continent – and bring about the Asian Century.In the international system, we represent the prospect of a global grouping of political parties emerging; and their mobilization in the common effort to deal with global and regional problems.This prospect is suggested by the recent historic meeting of our Asian and the Latin American political parties; and by our new initiative to reach out to the African political parties.Historic meeting of Asian-Latin-American partiesIn Buenos Aires, in late July, our Standing Committee took part in the first meeting of the Asian and South American and Caribbean political parties.The South American parties are grouped in COPPPAL – the ‘Permanent Conference of Political Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean.'Founded in 1999, COPPPAL has 58 member-parties from 28 countries. Its present chairman is Dr. Antonio Cafiero, Senior Leader of the Justicialist Party of Argentina. He is ably assisted by Vice-Chairman Gustavo Carvajal of Mexico, who is here with us today. Dr. Cafiero and I presided together at the joint session, which was initiated by Argentina and Mexico.From now on, ICAPP and COPPPAL will meet every other year – to complement and enlarge the political connections between Asia and South America through FEALAC, the official Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation. ICAPP will be hosting the 2011 Conference.Objectives of intercontinental allianceThe Buenos Aires conference agreed the time has come for our political parties to assume greater responsibility for shaping the relationships between Asia and Latin America.Enhanced political ties between our two continents are a logical outcome of their increased economic and diplomatic ties – in the context of a globe whose center of gravity is tilting from the Old World to the New.Asia and South America make up 50 percent of the Earth’s total land area; 68 percent of its population; and 53 percent of its gross product. Yet they’re still overly influenced by outside powers and foreign interests. We agreed that only through heightened solidarity could the Asian and Latin American parties meet common challenges and achieve their common objectives of peace, freedom, and prosperity. …

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