Jeremić seeks backing from Non-Aligned

BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić is on a two-day visit to Iran, Tanjug news agency reports.

Jeremić is due to take part in the work of a ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and have separate meetings with several foreign ministers who are attending the event in Tehran.

After addressing the representatives of the NAM member-states, Jeremić will meet separately with the delegation heads of Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Algeria, Brunei, Kenya, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Bhutan, Laos, Bangladesh, Singapore, Venezuela, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Bolivia, the Foreign Ministry announced.

Jeremić will attempt to secure the support of these countries for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in September, when Serbia plans to launch an initiative demanding a International Court of Justice (ICJ) opinion on the legality of the Kosovo Albanians' unilateral declaration of independence.

Belgrade will ask whether the secession proclamation is in keeping with valid international law: the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

Meanwhile, the meeting in Teheran opens today and the ministers will discuss preparations for a summit to be held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh next year.

The Non-Aligned Movement was founded more than 50 years ago and it now rallies 118 countries.