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Belarus promotes connectivity in greater Europe as CEI president in 2017

Politics 19.05.2017 | 15:20

MINSK, 19 May (BelTA) – During its presidency in the Central European Initiative (CEI) in 2017 Belarus is promoting connectivity in a greater Europe, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at the 25 Years of Belarus' Foreign Policy forum on 19 May, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Makei believes the theme to be of high significance amid the current volatile situation in the region and existing challenges.

Minsk is set to host the OSCE PA annual session in 2017. “We are thoroughly preparing for the event keeping in mind the importance of the OSCE for security in Europe. Belarus has a lot to offer at the forthcoming session,” the minister said.

Speaking about Belarus' most important initiatives, the minister mentioned the Belarus president's idea of a new peacekeeping process, similar to the Helsinki Accords. As Alexander Lukashenko noted, if there is an interest, Minsk is ready to host the dialogue to discuss new rules of the world order.

The Belarusian minister is confident that it is necessary to sit down at the negotiating table and talk over the ways of adapting to new threats.

“At the OSCE Ministerial Meeting in Hamburg we focused the attention on the need for the leaders of Russia, the United States, the European Union, China, other big players to meet and share opinions on the reasons behind the crisis in the international relations. Today, it is of high importance to start thinking over the new rules for the developing multipolarity, with due respect to each other's interests,” said Vladimir Makei. He believes that it is important for the global players to come to an agreement and put away the militaristic rhetoric.

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