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23 May 2018, 18:04
Vladimir Makei

Belarus' Helsinki-2 initiative will bear fruit

Vladimir Makei
Vladimir Makei
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Belarus' Helsinki-2 initiative will yield results, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told reporters on 23 May, BelTA has learnt.

Belarus' proposal on Helsinki-2 did not come easy, it was hard won, the minister underlined. Belarus did not expect its initiative to come to fruition on the following day. “Earlier or later it will bear fruit,” Vladimir Makei is convinced. The Belarusian minister of foreign affairs noted that people will come to realize that they need to look for meaningful solutions to resolve issues and respond to challenges and threats they are facing.

“If one adopts a wait-and-see approach hoping that big geopolitical players busy fighting with each other will condescend to accommodate the interests of small and medium-sized countries, nothing will come out of it. One should try to do something in this situation,” he added.

The international forum “Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All” is underway as part of the Minsk Dialogue initiative in the Belarusian capital on 23-25 May. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects the forum participants to engage in a constructive discussion of regional and global issues that are disregarded by some political figures. “There is a number of problems to be addressed. We expect the Minsk Dialogue initiative to discuss ways to resolve these issues and, possibly, to come up with concrete solutions,” Vladimir Makei noted.

He quoted the Belarusian head of state who said that it is necessary to adopt a sincere, integral and principled stance across all issues, in particular when it comes to interstate relations.

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