MINSK, 13 May (BelTA) – Belarus is in favor of the fastest possible settlement of the Ukraine conflict through diplomacy, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at the CIS Foreign Ministers Council meeting in Dushanbe on 13 May, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vladimir Makei emphasized in his speech that Belarus stands for the fastest possible settlement of the conflict through diplomacy taking into consideration the balance of interests. It also advocates the creation of a balanced and sustainable European security mechanism.
The minister noted that attempts to limit the participation of Belarus and Russia in international affairs would not help resolve the situation in Ukraine, but would additionally jeopardize the prospects for peace talks that were facilitated to a large extent by Belarus.
The Belarusian foreign minister also called for closer multilateral interaction of the Commonwealth member states and better coordination of their foreign policies.
The foreign ministers taking part in the meeting exchanged views on topical issues of the international agenda and interaction in the CIS. They discussed the state of things in the Commonwealth space paying special attention to existing challenges and threats to international security.
“The parties reviewed progress in implementing the Program of Action to intensify partnership between the foreign ministries of the CIS member states, the implementation of the Plan of multi-level ministerial consultations within the CIS, as well as the interaction of states in the field of science, youth affairs and tourism,” the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
As a result of the meeting, the foreign ministers signed documents on closer cooperation in the foreign policy and humanitarian affairs in the CIS. The foreign ministers made a decision to grant the Belarusian Notary Chamber the status of the CIS base organization in the field of notary services, and also approved a draft decision on the “CIS Youth Capital” international project that was submitted to the CIS Heads of Government Council.
The parties also upheld the further implementation of the Program of Action to intensify partnership between the foreign ministries in order to strengthen multifaceted cooperation.