Aleksandr Lukashenko and Valentin Rybakov
MINSK, 27 July (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has instructed to step up work of the country’s permanent mission to the United Nations Organization, BelTA learned from Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Organization Valentin Rybakov after the official delivered his report to the head of state.
Valentin Rybakov said: “The president gave a number of instructions to step up work of our permanent representation in the UN with UN member states. We will continue doing it. There are a number of avenues where we very successfully work. Some of the avenues were born after speeches by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko. In particular, the matter of fighting trafficking in persons, some other matters. This is why we will continue working actively, cooperating with countries, and promoting our national interests.”
He said that the United Nations Organization is first and foremost 193 countries, including Belarus, not the secretary general, the UN Secretariat, and international functionaries. “The people I’ve listed enable the work of the organization’s member states,” Valentin Rybakov noted. “We [the general public] very often confuse things and for some reason believe that the United Nations Organization is some menacing structure, a building somewhere in the center of Manhattan on the bank of the East River.”
Valentin Rybakov reminded that Belarus was one of the 50 countries that founded the United Nations Organization and the organization has been criticized actually since its establishment.