MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – The systemic crisis in international relations has become obvious, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he addressed the 6th meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the member states of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Nur-Sultan on 12 October, BelTA has learned.
“We are witnessing the crumbling of the system of global security, arms control and non-proliferation that took many decades and a lot of effort to build,” the minister emphasized.
“The initiative to create a reliable mechanism to maintain peace and security in Asia that was put forward by First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in 1992 has proved absolutely relevant and effective. The forum under its umbrella has become an efficient tool of preventive diplomacy, an instrument to discuss ways to settle regional conflicts,” Vladimir Make said.
“I am convinced that its transformation into a full-fledged international organization is a requirement of the time. It would be deeply symbolic to make such a decision in the year when it marks its 30th anniversary. Here is why. Today we are witnessing the crumbling of the system of global security, arms control and non-proliferation that took many decades and a lot of effort to build. The systemic crisis in international relations has become obvious. Even such an important global organization as the UN does not cope quickly enough with the alarming challenges of the time, and on many occasions it speaks with the voice of the West,” he noted.
According to the foreign minister, in these conditions various regional integration structures that are more exposed to the situation on the ground, are coming to play an increasingly important role. “That is why today the powerful, independent and constructive voice of CICA is more relevant than ever before in the common chorus of voices. In order to respond to new challenges, it is necessary to join efforts and rely on the synergy of capacities of various regional international associations and projects,” Vladimir Makei said.