MINSK, 26 June (BelTA) - Maintaining the principles enshrined in the UN Charter is of utmost importance for Belarus. Only through their full and faithful implementation can we ensure peaceful coexistence of states, nations and peoples, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at an event on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, BelTA has learned.
The minister expressed the hope that the event will give a start to gradual resumption of international activities and contacts, which were suspended due to the difficult epidemiological situation.
The foreign minister called the UN Charter a kind of book of good advice, which has the recipes for all occasions and the instructions that a modern diplomat, a statesman should guide by in foreign policy. “I would like to see the UN Charter fundamental principles not just on paper (no one can dispute them). I want them to have a practical importance and to be the cornerstone of international cooperation," said Vladimir Makei.
He recalled that Belarus paid a huge price for the lessons reflected in the UN Charter. “Therefore, the preservation of these principles is of paramount importance to us. Only through their full and conscientious implementation can we ensure the peaceful coexistence of states, nations and peoples, economic and social progress and sustainable development," he said.
Vladimir Makei said with regret that the modern world has not yet become what the participants of the UN Conference in San Francisco aspired for. “Sometimes it even seems that the lessons of the Second World War have been forgotten, and its results have been revised. The causes and goals of the UN, the main provisions of the Charter seem to be forgotten too. Perhaps now is the most opportune moment to think about the important things that are so simple: peace, security, trust, cooperation. The UN Charter is based on them, and we must live up to the hopes and aspirations of its authors. Only collective will, solidarity and support for each other will enable a just, secure and sustainable world and universal well-being,” he said.
“In the year of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN, the world is going through serious natural, political, social, and economic upheavals, and these universal recommendations [UN Charter] remain our compass. Only through multilateralism and cooperation can we overcome the challenges faced by the world today,” Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki said.
“Today we are talking about the importance of the UN Charter, about the scale of the organization's activities, understanding full well that, no matter how strong the contradictions between many states andregional associations are, it is the most important tool to support dialogue, avoid contradictions, maintain global peace,” Russian Ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev said.
The event was also attended by the heads of diplomatic missions of the permanent members of the UN Security Council (UK, China, Russia, the United States and France). Today's celebration was another one in a series of joint events of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN mission in Belarus dedicated to the celebration of the anniversary of the organization in 2020.