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24 February 2021, 16:27

FM: Disarmament is crucial for world peace, human existence

Vladimir Makei. An archive photo
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – World peace and the very existence of humankind hinge on the efficiency of disarmament decisions, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he addressed the high-level segment of the Conference on Disarmament, BelTA has learned.

The foreign minister emphasized that the Conference on Disarmament has established itself as a unique platform for negotiating a wide range of matters related to disarmament, nonproliferation and arms control.

At the same time, the minister noted: “Unfortunately, it [the conference], like many other disarmament mechanisms, is in a protracted crisis. In this regard, Belarus, which chaired the final session of the Conference on Disarmament in 2020, sought to intensify the work of this negotiating platform and make the most of its potential.”

Belarus calls for addressing existing disagreements and launching substantive work of the Conference on Disarmament as soon as possible on the basis of a comprehensive and balanced program of activities. “We strongly believe that the positive impact of progress on the disarmament track will inevitably spread to other areas of interaction. Peace, stability, the achievement of sustainable development and, ultimately, the very existence of humankind hinge on effectiveness and sustainability of decisions in the field of international security and disarmament,” Vladimir Makei said.

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