Belarus FM proposes to hold Helsinki-2 process in Minsk at UN GA


Belarus FM proposes to hold Helsinki-2 process in Minsk at UN GA

Belarus calls for putting an end to the cold war and proposing a platform for global negotiations, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus at the UN General Assembly.

It was political instability in the world that was the result of military clashes and terrorism, Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei believes.

The reason for this situation is connected with the Cold War. The epoch-making conflict has not actually ended. The architecture of cooperation and security must be changed.

Today the official Minsk is ready to become a big dialogue platform. Speaking about the initiatives of Belarus in New York, the Belarusian Foreign Minister once again recalled the proposal of the Belarus President to hold a new negotiation process akin to the Helsinki one.

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Last year, the President of the Republic of Belarus came up with the initiative to conduct a new negotiation process analogous to the Helsinki process of the 1970s. Of course, with an understanding of the problems and threats that are relevant for all of us today.

It is necessary to talk about a kind of expansion and rethinking of this format.

We suggest that key global players - first of all, China, Russia, the United States, the states of the European Union - begin a dialogue about the strategic vision of new constructive relations.

The Republic of Belarus, for its part, is ready to provide a platform for the process.

Belarus is ready to fulfill this task as responsibly as the country has been in recent years as part of efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis.

Minsk is ready to become a bridge linking the old with the unborn.

According to Vladimir Makei, the United Nations should become a practical tool for resolving disputes without wars and violence. He stated that today the General Assembly of the Organization is a unique discussion forum and it is critically important for understanding the fragility and diversity of peace.