MINSK, 23 May (BelTA) – Experts, who are taking part in the forum Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All in Minsk, have mentioned Belarus' special role in organizing the international dialogue. The experts made statements to that effect while talking to reporters on 23 May, BelTA has learned.
For instance, the political analyst Aleksei Belyayev noted that since Belarus is surrounded by a belt of permanent geopolitical claims of major civilizations it is important for the country to start a dialogue, to get as many parties as possible to sit at the negotiation table. “Belarus does not get involved in any conflicts. The fact increases the country's rating and simultaneously provides some security guarantees,” stressed the expert. Aleksei Belyayev went on saying that trust in a neutral country is stronger.
Thomas Graham, an American political analyst, former advisor for Russia and Eurasia to the U.S. President George Bush, director of the geopolitical consulting firm Kissinger Associates Inc., also believes that Belarus occupies a special place in Europe by playing the role of the venue for negotiations on Ukraine and other matters.
The international forum Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All is scheduled to take place in Minsk on 23-25 May. It has been organized by the expert initiative Minsk Dialogue. The forum is expected to launch an open and large-scale dialogue between leading experts from Eastern Europe, the European Union, Russia, the USA, and China on an annual basis. Minsk provides a brand new platform for discussions about the present and the future of regional and international security.
Taking part in this forum are 350 experts and officials from more than 40 countries. The speakers include OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai, former CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Maira Mora, and former Chairperson of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Christine Muttonen.More about Politics