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29 Sep 2015

Lukashenko: International law is the only alternative to the 'law of the jungle'

NEW YORK, 29 September (BelTA) - The essence of international law is the only alternative to the 'law of the jungle', Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he spoke at the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, BelTA informs.

“Wars must not be an instrument for settling a score between states. “Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding", as wise Einstein put it. It is hard to argue with that,” noted the Belarusian leader.

“It is only through self-restraint that we can ensure well-being and protection for all, the powerful and the vulnerable alike. This is precisely the essence of international law that is the only alternative to the 'law of the jungle',” the Belarusian head of state believes.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly“Thinking about our national development experience, I would like to make the following conclusion. Only an alliance of strong, responsible and effective states, united by the system of international law, can adequately respond to modern global threats and challenges,” said the President of Belarus.

In his words, the role of the United Nations in this regard is crucial. “We sincerely believe that the answer lies in the realm of the ideas proposed to the world 70 years ago by the UN founding fathers. First and foremost, we must unconditionally condemn violence,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

According to the Belarusian head of state, these very days one can come across a good deal of criticism aimed at the UN. “The Republic of Belarus, of course, shares the key idea that the United Nations should keep abreast of the times. We see as obvious the need to reform UN structures and activities while keeping intact the principles and goals of its Charter. However, it is important to understand that the UN, as I have said many times, is nothing else but all of us together, and the well-being of the world community will depend on the degree of coordination and constructive nature of our common actions, the Belarusian leader said.

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