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27 September 2021, 19:13

Belarusian minister of foreign affairs criticizes UN for thinking like West

MINSK, 27 September (BelTA) – The United Nations Organization thinks more and more like the West and tramples the important principles of solidarity and multilaterality. Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei made the relevant statement as he addressed the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, USA on 27 September, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Makei said: “The United Nations Organization is designed to play a key role in addressing threats and challenges, which are common for all of us. At the same time we cannot overlook the fact that the UN often becomes a ‘theatrical stage' for individual countries instead of a platform for common actions. The UN follows the path of further commercialization of its agenda and grows increasingly similar to Western politics. The United Nations Organization thinks more and more like the West and tramples the important principles of solidarity and multilaterality. Considering the UN's promise Leave No One Behind Belarus proceeds from the imperative to observe consensus and take into account opinions of every state.”

Vladimir Makei mentioned another alarming trend. Under the guise of assistance with improving the effectiveness of operation of the UN General Assembly individual countries have been recently taking destructive actions meant to arbitrarily interpret and revise the existing mode of operation of this body. “Concerted efforts aimed at the so-called promotion of voices of the civil society in the General Assembly is not an exception. We consider these actions as an attempt to give the status identical to the one sovereign UN member states enjoy to non-governmental organizations, which by the way have been created and nurtured thanks to support of individual interested countries,” he said.

Vladimir Makei stressed that it is absolutely unacceptable. “I would like to remind everyone about the key principle of operation of the United Nations Organization: one country – one vote,” the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs said.

Belarus speaks up against the erosion of sovereignty of the UN member states and the creation of puppet participants in the form of non-governmental organizations, which will be able to silence opinions of independent countries. “The uncontrolled flooding of the UN system with the opinion of NGOs will not only disallow properly taking into account and even hearing their voices. It will complicate the reaching of a consensus, which becomes an increasingly difficult feat for the UN General Assembly every year. The civil society can participate in the UN's work through existing procedures,” Vladimir Makei said.

In conclusion Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei stressed that today the world needs solidarity, mutual assistance and mobilization of collective efforts to overcome all differences of opinion more than ever.

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