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24 Jan 2017

Belarus to continue efforts to promote dialogue, mutual respect in United Nations

Belarus to continue efforts to promote dialogue, mutual respect in United Nations

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – Belarus will continue to work to maintain the dialogue and mutual respect in the United Nations, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Valentin Rybakov said at the session on responsible governance on disarmament and non-proliferation for progress and sustainable development at the UN headquarters in New York on 23 January. The event was initiated by Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The diplomat said a few words about the contribution of Belarus to the international efforts to promote nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in the context of the 20th anniversary of Belarus’ voluntary decision to give up its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Valentin Rybakov said that fundamental decision was a turning point in defining the national priorities for development, promotion of peace and stability in the country and social cohesion. The Belarusian diplomat stressed that Belarus will continue its work in the United Nations to maintain the atmosphere of dialogue and mutual respect placing a priority on progressive development in all its forms, instead of on military considerations.

Valentin Rybakov also drew attention to the idea of the impossibility of sustainable development without lasting peace and security expressed by the President of Belarus at the UN summit in 2015. The Deputy Foreign Minister stressed the importance of an integrated discussion in the United Nations on these matters, and comprehensive management of relevant processes in the UN in order to contribute to sustainable development, peace and stability.

The event was attended by Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, Frederick Shava, President of the UN Economic and Social Council, Cihan Sultanoglu, Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Program, Lenni Montiel, Assistant UN Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, and also senior representatives of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, representatives of non-governmental organizations.

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