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Belarus president calls for new Helsinki process

President 08.10.2019 | 11:50

MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – We need an international summit as part of a new Helsinki process and we need to hold in the coming years, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at the international conference European Security: Stepping Back from the Brink on 8 October, BelTA has learned.

The president believes there is no immediate, universal recipe for normalizing the situation in the world and in Europe. In his words, dialogue is the only way to step away from the brink.

“There is a growing need for an international summit as part of the new Helsinki process. We need to hold it in the coming years under the auspices of the OSCE and perhaps the UN,” he said. “We need to adopt a strategic document to strengthen international security in the Euro-Atlantic region and on a wider scale. Today, it is impossible to solve these issues without such a power as the People's Republic of China. It is also important to take into account the opinions of other countries whose influence is growing today.”

“We are ready to help advance the Helsinki 2 idea, the dialogue between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO and NATO, the alignment with China's Belt and Road initiative, with the SCO, ASEAN, the development of the Digital Neighborliness Belt (there is a lot of talk about it today). We will support all constructive ideas aimed at overcoming dividing lines and preserving peace,” the president said.

According to him, crucial topics are discussed at the international conference in Minsk. The president expressed hope that discussions will be constructive and analytical when the parties are engaged in a dialogue with each other, not against one another. “Analysts and experts are not limited in their judgment and, unlike politicians, can say things they think necessary, identify any ideas, up to the most non-standard ones, propose solutions which are now needed by the international community,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. “I hope that thoughts and conclusions voiced here today will be in demand by those who make important political decisions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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