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Dapkiunas warns of 'rising danger of all-out global nuclear annihilation'

Politics 11.01.2017 | 14:54

MINSK, 11 January (BelTA) - The erosion of the rules- and principles-based environment of international engagement has increased the danger of all-out global nuclear annihilation, Belarus' Permanent Representative to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas said when speaking at the open debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: conflict prevention and sustaining peace”, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his speech the Belarusian diplomat noted that the gradual erosion of the rules- and principles-based environment of international engagement has increased the danger of all-out global nuclear annihilation – either intentionally, or due to error or by a tragic coincidence.

Attempts to resolve smaller-scale conflicts would be futile without a meaningful accord between the major nuclear powers. According to Andrei Dapkiunas, the world must realize the true degree of the fragility of its physical, social, cultural and political environment and stop testing the strength of its sustainability.

The Belarusian diplomat raised the issue of the special responsibility of the most powerful military powers for leadership actions to create and protect the collective security system.

With regard to the Security Council, the true measure of its success is the ability of individual members to create a sense of moral urgency for the big powers to connect and empathize, Andrei Dapkiunas noted.

The Security Council needs to be defined not so much by its political machinery as by the sincere interaction of human beings who could talk to each other, not at each other, the head of Belarus' UN mission said.

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