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Ashton: World problems can be resolved only through joint efforts

Politics 08.10.2019 | 13:20
Catherine Ashton
Catherine Ashton

MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – New world problems, threats, and challenges need to be resolved through joint efforts instead of single-handedly. The statement was made by the former European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the head of the Global Europe program in the Wilson Center (Washington, USA) Catherine Ashton during the Minsk Dialogue forum “European security: Stepping back from the brink” on 8 October, BelTA has learned.

Catherine Ashton drew attention to how modern conflicts spread: “Problems may emerge in one place but instead of staying there they may spread to the rest of the world. And we should think about ways to cooperate in order to resolve these problems.”

In her opinion, there are no issues that countries can resolve single-handedly including climate change, cyber security, the development of trade relations, and the attraction of investments. Virtually all issues require international cooperation between countries and groups of countries, Catherine Ashton believes.

She was convinced that simply talking about a problem is not enough. “I completely agree with President Lukashenko that real actions are needed. Stronger trust between countries and the organization of negotiations are crucial to securing progress. Old institutions and treaties must not be forgotten. We should use them as the foundation, a reference point for finding new ways to resolve existing problems,” she continued.

“We have to learn how to resolve a problem as a whole,” Catherine Ashton stated. She urged to look for new approaches and work out strategies to resolve problems plaguing the world.

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