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25 April 2023, 11:01

Belarusian diplomat comments on multilateral cooperation, role of UN

MINSK, 25 April (BelTA) - What is at stake today is the future of multilateral cooperation and the role of the UN itself, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Valentin Rybakov said at a meeting of the UN Security Council, BelTA has learned.

"What is at stake today is the future of multilateral cooperation and the role of the UN itself. Throughout its history, our organization has achieved success in various fields. But today, more than ever, the world needs a platform for true multilateral cooperation based on the principles of sovereign equality of states, non-interference in internal affairs, respect for all legitimate concerns of states in the field of security and development," the diplomat said.

He noted that the goals laid down in the UN Charter are still difficult to achieve and cited several reasons for the disastrous reality.

Among such reasons, according to Valentin Rybakov, are the attempts by individual countries to ignore the goals and principles enshrined in the UN Charter or even to replace them with the so-called "rules" unknown to the majority and established solely in the own interests of these individual countries.

Another reason is the selective approach to the international law or its arbitrary interpretation.

It is also a waiver of obligations under international agreements and treaties to which members of the international community are parties, including on the basis of claims to exclusivity.

Finally, another reason is the revival of bloc mentality and opposition to the emergence of a multipolar world.

"True multilateralism is impossible without a dialogue and compromise that takes into account the interests of all stakeholders. This is the value of decision-making on the basis of consensus," Valentin Rybakov emphasized.

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