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UN General Assembly sees Belarus call for rejection of imposed models of development and extraneous cultural preferences

By Mikhail Dorofeev

UN General Assembly sees Belarus call for rejection of imposed models of development and extraneous cultural preferences

During the general debate of the UN General Assembly, Belarus’ Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei, announced that Belarus suggests seeking paths to mutual understanding at international level, rejecting the policy of imposition of political and economic models of development, as well as of extraneous cultural preferences.

The Minister set out Belarus’ guiding principles for international co-operation and the United Nations’ role in this process, while noting that this year sees Belarus mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi invaders. He called upon those present to learn lessons from WWII, which was a tragedy for all humanity.

Mr. Makei emphasised the need to resolve international issues by creating global partnerships, with participation of member states, international organisations and civil society. It is in this manner that Belarus proposes to resolve such issues as the negative effect of globalisation, inequality, poverty, climate change, consumption of energy, food security and the need for water resources. Within the UN forum, Belarus often advances suggestions on such issues as combating human trafficking and strengthening the institute of the traditional family.

The Head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry expressed his hope that, on the way to the next UN summit, which is due next year, the international community will tackle such urgent spheres as conflict resolution and international sustainable development.
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