Basic Documents: Report of the Preparatory Meeting at the Ministerial Level
Opening (Item 1 of the Agenda)
1. The Preparatory Meeting at the Ministerial Level of the Eleventh Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries met in Cartagena on October 16 and 17, 1995, with His Excellency Rodrigo Pardo García-Peña, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia, as Chairman.
2. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia declared the meeting in session and proposed the election of H.E. Rodrigo Pardo García-Peña as Chairman. The proposal was adopted by acclamation. H.E. Rodrigo Pardo García-Peña took the chair and delivered the inaugural address.
The Ministerial Meeting adopted the following agenda:
Ambassador Julio Londoño presented his report as Chairman of the Preparatory Meeting at the level of Ambassadors and Senior Officials. (NAC 11/ASO/Doc.1/Rev.1)
a. Draft Provisional agenda
(1) Opening of the Conference
b. Election of officers
The Meeting will recommend to the Eleventh Conference the following officers:
Indonesia, as the outgoing Chairman of the Bureau, will serve ex officio as an officer of the Conference.
c. Organization of Work
The meeting decided to make the following recommendations to the Heads of State or Government regarding the work of the Eleventh Summit Conference:
i) The inaugural session of the Summit Conference will be held at 8:30 a.m. on October 18, 1995.
ii) The representatives of the regional groups of the Non-Aligned Countries will reply to the inaugural address given by the President of Colombia, His Excellency Ernesto Samper Pizano, as the new Chairman of the Movement, and will propose that said address be adopted as an official document of the Conference. The Regional Coordinators have reported on the countries selected for these speeches:
iii) At its first plenary session, the Conference will deal with organizational matters as well as the admission of new members and the participation of observers and guests.
iv) The general debate on "Review of the International Political and Economic Situation", under Item 8 on the agenda of the Conference, will begin during the second session on October 18, 1995, with the understanding that evening sessions will be held, if necessary.
v) The list of speakers for the general debate will be closed at 12:00 noon on October 19, 1995.
vi) The Heads of State or Government, or special envoys will be requested respectfully to limit their speeches to 10 minutes; observers will be requested to limit theirs to 5 minutes. The complete text of all speeches will be distributed by the Secretariat.
vii) Two committees, one political and one economic, will be formed and will work parallel to the plenary session.
d. Applications for the admission of new members and for participation of observers and guests
The Preparatory Meeting at Ministerial Level decided to recommend to the Conference of Heads of State or Government the admission as members of the Movement and by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Japan for admission as guests of the same, further consultations were considered necessary.
e. Draft Final Document
The Meeting recommended the draft final document be referred to the Political and Economic Committees.
The Meeting adopted this report and agreed to place it before the Eleventh Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries.
The Meeting recommended that the Eleventh Summit Conference authorize Brazil, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan and China (observers) and Slovenia and Ukraine (guests) to address the Plenary Session of the Eleventh Conference.
- The Meeting recommended that Turkmenistan and Ukraine briefly address the Conference to express their appreciation for having been admitted, respectively, as a member and guest of the Movement.
- The Russian Federation, accepted as a guest of the Movement at the Ministerial Meeting in Bandung, asked to address the Eleventh Conference of Heads of State or Government briefly in order to express thanks for having been admitted.
- The Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr Amre Moussa, requested that the record show that it was necessary, in his opinion, to differentiate between the meaning of consensus and that of unanimity when admitting new members, observers and guests to the Movement. In this regard, he asked the new Chairman to adopt the measures required to give consideration to this matter.
Minister Rodrigo Pardo thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs for their participation and important contributions to the debate.
October 16 - 17, 1995