Alexander Lukashenko's UN speeches: expert analysis


Alexander Lukashenko's UN speeches: expert analysis

"An ominous ghost of a new conflict is looming", "No alternative to dialogue" and "invulnerable countries no longer exist." These are some of the headlines of the foreign press that quoted Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian leader's speech in New York was one of the most poignant and resonant.  

This is what Russian wordsmiths write about the future of the UN: 

"... The world must develop integration processes - based on the example of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The leader of an EEU member state, Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko, on Sunday made ​​almost the sharpest speech of those made at the summit."

The whole world listened to speeches of Heads of State. After all, leaders of over 140 countries spoke at the UN, which is the organization's record. How will the world be in 2030? What is today's agenda? There are lots of common topics. 

Fernando Giacobbo, Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Brazil:
Brazil, as well as Belarus, cannot evade responsibility before the world. Your country as well as Brazil have our own domestic policies regarding this issue. I would like to note that it was Brazil that takes certain obligations and is ready to take steps to resolve the issue of migration. Of course, based on our capabilities.

This time the Belarus president spoke from the UN rostrum twice. The first speech was during the plenary session of the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the one during the general debate of the 70th General Assembly session of the Organization. The speeches touched on the most pressing issues of today. For example, the role of international organizations.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
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 has been 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. 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.

The Belarusian leader focused also on the urgent international problem - migration.  This, as well as currency wars, sanctions and unfair competition affects, the stability of the world...  

Alexei Belyaev, a political analyst:
All the statements made by leaders sound not only in the UN but also on the whole planet. These are statements for all mankind. Therefore, the calls of the Belarusian leader to all the nations of the world to come to their senses and stop the slaughter may be of a planetary scale.

Elena Beresneva, member of the Standing Committee on State Building, Local Government and the regulations of the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
The UN is a very serious tribune. Everyone listened to the position of world leaders.

Lionel Blackman, Master of Laws, head of the international human rights organization (UK):
It is very important that the positions of all countries be heard at the General Assembly. Including Belarus. Since you are in the center of Europe, your influence is large enough. Today the most important thing is to protect human rights. Due to the fact that a person is not protected, there are issues such as the problem of refugees and others.

Marius Brabete, Nicholas Titulescu University student (Romania):
The topics discussed in the framework of the General Assembly are very important. Including for youth. That's because they concern the future of the world. It is important to know the concepts of international humanitarian law in order to build a multilateral relationship.

Alex Makaronok, MITSO law student:
Personally, lots of my friends are also interested in politics and the situation that is happening in the world. The same migration crisis, the meetings of the General Assembly - all of this is worth discussion.

However, the UN has become a platform for bilateral talks of the Belarusian leader. Alexander Lukashenko met with the UN Secretary General as well as leaders of Ecuador, Austria, Egypt, Latvia, and Cuba. All this once again emphasizes that the foreign policy of Belarus has a multi-vector nature and is balanced.