JCP to attend nonaligned summit in Kuala Lumpur

A representative of the Japanese Communist Party will, for the first time, attend the 13th Nonaligned Summit on February 24 and 25 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

JCP International Bureau Director Ogata Yasuo will attend this summit as a member of the Japan Asia Africa Latin America Solidarity Committee (AALA) delegation invited to the summit as a guest organization by the host country.

It will be the third participation for the AALA, following the 11th in Cartagena, Columbia, and the 12th in Durban, South Africa.

The JCP has the establishment of a nonaligned Japan after abandoning the Japan-U.S. military alliance as a future objective.

During a JCP delegation tour of South Asian countries late last year, many nonaligned countries welcomed the JCP's policy objective by saying, "It will be significant for advanced capitalist Japan to take part in the nonaligned movement."

Nonaligned leaders will meet for the summit to discuss ways to revitalize their movement and discuss urgent international issues, including the Iraq question. (end)

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