First of all, I would like to praise the Government of Romania for the organization of this meeting and the hospitality extended to our delegations.
First of all, I would like to express to the Government of Romania and the CEI Executive Secretariat my sincere appreciation of the excellent organization of this meeting. This is a good opportunity to exchange our opinions and views on the activities of our Organization as well as the situation in our region.
This General Assembly room is actually a situation room of the world. It seems to me that over the past years we in this room have come to a collective understanding and knowledge of what is to be done.
Over the decades the Non-Aligned Movement has been promoting the idea of building a just multi-polar world. This idea is natural as it stems from the very logic of evolution of the human society and the world economy. In all probability, we might have avoided the current multifaceted crisis had the world community appreciated this idea some time ago. Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Distinguished colleagues, From the discussion that has taken place yesterday and today one thing at least seems clear to me – we are all dissatisfied with the current system of “hard” and “soft” security and also with the current situation in that area.
The Republic of Belarus is a consistent adherent of the nuclear non-proliferation and invariably supports global efforts towards nuclear disarmament.
Human being, his or her life and security are our common highest values. Exactly for the reason to provide security and well-being of each and every person our states joined their efforts in the framework of the Helsinki process more than 30 years ago. Born here in Helsinki this process has largely modified the history and contributed to the crucial changes in Euro-Atlantic area.
The necessity to strengthen the security mechanism and make it more efficient, especially in Europe, has become evident after the last crisis in the Caucasus. Belarus supports the Russian initiative to enhance the European security architecture.
The Republic of Belarus resolutely deplores the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Algeria and Pakistan on 19 August 2008 which led to numerous human casualties.
Belarus believes that this Ministerial is a very important platform to address issues of substance before the NAM, especially in advance of the upcoming UN General Assembly. Therefore, we particularly value the efforts of the Government of Iran and the Cuban Presidency to provide this opportunity, and a good timing, to us to coordinate our moves in due time before important debates and action of the UN in New York.
On 3 April 2008, Bucharest will host a Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) Meeting at the level of Heads of States/Governments.
The Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement recalls the Final Document of 14th Summit Conference of Heads of State of Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in which the solidarity among Non-Aligned Movement Countries was explicitly reiterated with regard to the unilateral economic sanctions...
Over a rather long period of time, the Republic of Belarus has made a number of consistent and constructive steps to normalize relations with the European Union and the United States, pursuant to the agreements with our Western partners.
The Republic of Belarus believes that the settlement of the Kosovo and Metochia status should progress under international law, based on UN Security Council resolution 1244 (of 1999) which is a fundamental document for the Kosovo settlement certifying the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia
We all are living at the time of great challenges. Some of the challenges put to test our ability to respect human dignity, the right of everyone to enjoy freedom and happiness. They demand a response by the world at large and they demand our joint responsibility.
The Republic of Belarus condemns in the strongest terms the sanguinary terrorist act which caused casualties, among them the prominent politician Benazir Bhutto.