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[CBC NEWS] PM Speech: A Non-Aligned Movement for Peace and Prosperity
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Quote:Just a few years ago, our nation laid in complete and total ruins. Lives lost, cities torn, a culture and nation smoldering in the wake of a brutal and violent civil war. Our country fell to powerful factions hellbent on dominating the country and extinguishing the flame of peace, liberty and human rights. This menace was even more powerful when it obtained the capability of obliterating life on an unimaginable scale.

The challenges we face today in Caputia in the aftermath of our civil war are not very different from many of the challenges that may nations are facing around the world. A world war waged in every corner of the globe, stoked by the fires of bitterness and expansionism. The world is divided into camps, hellbent on the total destruction of the other by any means necessary.

Is this the world we want for our children? For our husbands, for our wives, for our friends? The cries of a thousand mothers echo throughout the world today and for too long their tears have saturated the ground.

As a nation rising from the ashes of war, it is our task to respond to this new world. The question we face is not whether this world war will end, but whether any of the nations of the world will step forward together to lead, not just to secure a common peace, but a common prosperity around the globe.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace must we seek? We do not seek a Pax Caputiana enforced on the world by our iron will and weapons of war. We do not want the peace of the grave nor the security of the slave, because we have had enough of that.

I am talking about a genuine, true peace, making life on this planet worth living, the kind that enables each person in this planet to grow, to hope, to build. Not peace in our time, but peace for all time.

The existing military blocs, growing into more political, economic and military groupings, which by the logic and nature of their mutual relations, necessarily provoke further misunderstanding and aggravations of international relations.

It is now time for a new bloc of nations to step forward together, deeply desiring to restore the world to peace, prosperity and liberty, secure in the values that all nations of the world have the right of self-determination, of unity, and independence by virtue of which right they can determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development without hindrance or intimidation.

It is time for a new bloc of nations to lead and affirm the rights of all people to, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international cooperation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit and the rule of law.

It is now a time for nations to commit to a more peaceful world by seeking the prohibition and possession of nuclear and thermonuclear arms, bacteriological and chemical weapons, as well as the elimination of equipment and installations for the delivery and placement and operational use of weapons of mass destruction on national territories.

And even more important, it is now a time for nations to step forward and say unequivocally that the exploration of outer space should be undertaken for peaceful purposes, and not for the delivery of a rain of sorrow, destruction and death upon the people of Micras.

I stand here today, calling upon all nations of Micras who truly desire peace in this world, peace for all time, to join me in a summit here in Zalae of all of the non-aligned nations of the world to commit to five core principles of international respect, in hopes of launching a Non-Aligned Movement for Peace and Prosperity.

These principles must be mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in domestic affairs, equality and mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.

I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war, and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task in our world, and we must rise now.

Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament, and that it will be useless until others adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it, but this can only be done by reexamining our own attitude and begin to lead by example. Every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward, by examining their own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, and toward freedom and peace here at home.

Our problems are man made, therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable and we believe they can do it again.

There is no single, simple key to this peace. There is no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process, a way of solving problems.

It is worth mentioning that in the pursuit of peace, this Non-Aligned Movement for Peace and Prosperity must recognize and make use of the international institutions that exist to advance dialogue and communication, and that means making the Micras Treaty Organization a key and central venue for the development of this multiparty peace, this peace of all peoples. It will be Caputia's goal and policy to encourage and motivate as many nations as it can across Micras to accede to MTO membership and seek for that body to fulfill a mission of peace, dialogue and understanding. This might take reforms to the MTO and the election of leadership in that body that reflects the world and its diversity, and remains committed to this goal of making this body a true venue for peace and prosperity. The MTO truly can be a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor, it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem, the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.

So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, by strengthening existing international institutions and using them as venues for dialogue and peace, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

Finally, I call upon every nation, including Caputia, to examine their attitudes toward peace and freedom at home. The quality and spirit of our societies must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show it in the dedication of our own lives.

But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because the freedom is incomplete.

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can, if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers, offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race that leads to an even more unpredictable and unfathomable war.

Caputia, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. Caputians have already had enough, more than enough, of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on, not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.
Christophe Landry
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia
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