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Alexander Lukashenko addresses UN Summit on Sustainable Development in New York

Leaders of states and diplomats gathered for a UN summit on sustainable development and the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations. Since the middle of the 20th century it has been the highest international tribune.

At this time, the New York meeting and the talks are not only under the sign of the 70th anniversary, but also the significance of the moment. Contradictions in the world deteriorated. Including between the leaders of countries. The threat of global terrorism, conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Until recently, there have even been discussions concerning the possible meeting at the UN General Assembly of Heads of State that are parties to the Normandy Quartet. That would be a kind of Minsk 3 talks. But it seems now that it won't take place in New York. President is represented at the General Assembly by Alexander Lukashenko.

The world's leaders are discussing Agenda 2030. The Summit on Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly in 2015 has brought together the largest number of heads of state in the history of the Organization.

Sustainable development of a country is impossible without peace and security, said Alexander Lukashenko from the outset. Belarus knows about it from its own history. Peace and harmony in the society is the main trend of the policy of a sovereign state.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
During the years of sovereign existence of our country has been honorably fulfilling the Millennium Goals, which are associated with the elimination of hunger and poverty, the achievement of 100% literacy, gender equality, social and political stability, and non-discrimination on ethnic and religious grounds. We have no maternal mortality, and infant mortality is the lowest in the world. This is what democracy means, not something our western teachers are trying to impose.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about our planet as a whole. The world has unfortunately come to the summit in a fragmented and divided state. The planet is shaken by numerous armed conflicts, acts of terrorism. It is a sad thing that the growth of global threats does not meet an adequate response. We still have not managed to restore the balance that was lost with the collapse of the Soviet Union. If there is no balance of power, there is no peace and no stability. This is a systemic crisis. In any system, force acts uncontrollably if it is alone, if it seeks only its own prosperity and tries to solve problems at the expense of others.
The policy of hegemonism and national egoism leads to widespread use of pressure, sanctions, restrictions, and military action. As a result we lose trust in each other.
Examples of open political rudeness, lies and crimes against humanity are on the surface. They started with Tunisia and finished with Libya. The scenario is the same: they crucified President Gaddafi destroying the state. In Libya, did it become better? No. And where is this Libya as an integral state?
Ladies and gentleman, was that enough? No. They rushed to Syria. The question is why. Why kill people, why overthrow the incumbent president; what wrong did he do? Moreover, by that massacre in the country you erase the first traces of our civilization. Tell the world community what you want and what you are aiming for. Tonight is the appropriate time. From this rostrum, the UN General Assembly.
The Ukrainian crisis. If you do not stop the bloodshed in Europe, that fratricidal slaughter, allow the escalation of the conflict, it will be 'hot' all over the civilized world. Excuse me, but we will make one more step towards a global conflict and possibly a new world war, in the center of the civilized and advanced world.

You cannot build happiness on other people's suffering. This folk wisdom greatly reflects the current shortage of geopolitical justice. Alexander Lukashenko urges politicians to act globally in the interests of the entire international community.

Alexander Lukashenko:
History teaches that any state that claims to sole leadership, without regard to the interests of others, is ultimately doomed itself to failure and death. Any advantage at the expense of someone else is short-lived and defective. No wonder folk wisdom says: you cannot build happiness on other people's misfortunes. The modern world is experiencing a crisis of responsibility, because self-interest, short-term benefits predominate in making many decisions. The actions of a number of states in the international arena often do not take into account the specific realities and characteristics of other countries and societies. I am sure: if it a different way had been chosen, there would not have been hundreds of thousands of human casualties in Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries, from where we now see the influx of refugees fleeing from the war. We would not allow the emergence of the Islamic State. There would not be outbreaks of terrorism in Europe and the civil war in Ukraine. The list of these "would not be" is long. It is important now to talk about it, because these nations do not understand us when we speak and speak today about the development. This is because millions and billions of people in the world today do not care about development. They care about survival.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Today we need responsible politicians capable of acting globally and strategically, those who are ready to take decisions in the interests of the entire international community; those who are ready to compromise for the common good.
Mr. Chairman. While in the United Nations, I cannot ignore the crisis of the international structures. In general there is a feeling that their role in recent years is the following: they have become a place of disputes between states, and often a means of pressure on individual countries that did not please the world's major powers.
Look at the huge number of resolutions adopted by the UN. But did the vote affect the resolution of conflicts? Does it serve as a consolidation of the world community? Do these resolutions improve peoples' lives? Let's be honest: "They don't!" We vote and divide into followers and opponents. As a result, we have even more distrust and disunity.
I am deeply convinced that the United Nations should not be used to demonstrate someone's power. This weakens the Organization, destroys its credibility and is contrary to its very nature and purpose. It is no wonder that the traditional international organizations play an insufficient role in prevention and conflict resolution. We must put an end to this vicious practice. The United Nations should be the forum of cooperation, not confrontation between states. Only mutual understanding and responsibility, awareness of diversity of the world community, and the restoration of confidence will help us all unite and secure peace and security as well as find effective responses to global challenges and threats. The practical result of our efforts will be sustainable development of all nations and increase in the significance of our United Nations and its role in world politics.
Thank you for attention.

The Ground Zero Memorial is in memory of the three thousand who died under the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Among them is Belarusian Irina Buslo. Her name is carved in bronze at the base of the largest man-made waterfall in America.

Alexander Lukashenko came here on September 27. The President of Belarus laid a wreath to the most famous tree in this memorable park - the only one to miraculously survive after the falling of skyscrapers. The tree has been a symbol of life, come what may.

The subject to international security is expected to be one of the most important at the UN General Assembly session. An unprecedented number of heads of state and key diplomats around the world came to New York.

Belarus will offer its recipes for solving the acute problems of humanity. Alexander Lukashenko will speak at the general political debate.

On the first day of the visit, Mr Lukashenko met with the director of the International Monetary Fund.

Alexander Lukashenko and Christine Lagarde discussed a possible new program of cooperation between Belarus and the IMF.

The Belarusian leader is hoping that it will present a balance between the interests of the state and social policy. The President thanked the management of the Fund for the successful implementation of the standby program, which helped mitigate the impact of the global crisis.

On this day in New York the President of Belarus is expected to hold a series of bilateral talks. The Belarusian leader and Ban Ki-moon (Secretary General of the UN) are expected to discuss the role of international organizations in addressing the world's problems.