MINSK, 12 December (BelTA) – Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei named Belarus' diplomatic milestones of 2019 as he talked to the media on 12 December, BelTA has learned.
According to the minister, the year “was eventful and very important for the country”. “As for the main issues of war and peace, we are convinced that Belarus has played a constructive role here,” he said.
Among Belarus' most important initiatives of the year, Vladimir Makei named the proposals put forward by Belarusian head of state Aleksandr Lukashenko to sign a declaration on non-deployment of intermediate-range nuclear forces in Europe and to develop a belt of digital neighborliness “to reach a regional or maybe universal agreement through bilateral agreements between neighboring states in order to eliminate the present confrontation when one country blames another for interference with its domestic affairs,” the minister said.
“These initiatives receive a wide response among rational people, representatives of different countries. This is very important," he continued. “Belarus has always sought (this year as well) to contribute to the development of a unifying agenda aimed at ensuring peace, stability, and security in our region and in the world as a whole,” Vladimir Makei said.
The minister also mentioned several resolutions proposed by Belarus in the United Nations. This year the organization passed a resolution on combating human trafficking which was co-sponsored by more than 80 countries. “Those were the countries on opposing sides: the United States, China, Russia, a number of states from Europe, Southeast Asia,” the minister said. "Back in 2006, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko launched an initiative to strengthen the fight against human trafficking and adopt relevant documents,” he added.
“This shows that the voice of Belarus is heard in the world, and we will continue to apply this approach to the issues of war and peace, security and stability in our region,” Vladimir Makei stressed.
As for foreign economic activity, the minister noted the lack of efforts to diversify economic ties and exports. “Indeed, we made some progress, but it is not enough to fulfill the tasks set by the head of state. At the end of the year, we will analyze the situation, evaluate the work, and draw up concrete proposals concerning our future action on this way,” he summed up.More about Politics