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Lukashenko meets with UN under-secretary-general

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov on 4 September. The Belarusian leader thanked Vladimir Voronkov for the excellent organization of the counter-terrorism conference in Minsk that already made headlines and received positive feedback at the international level, BelTA has learned.

“I would like to thank you, the person of Belarusian origin, for the excellent preparation of this international conference. The feedback is diverse. I have studied reviews in the Internet and mass media on the preparation and conduct of the conference. The event received mixed reviews, but negative comments were very few. People assess this event differently, but the assessment is generally positive,” the president noted.

According to the Belarusian leader, such a high level of the conference under the aegis of the United Nations, as well as the participation of the UN Under-Secretary-General, give a high profile to the event. This improves the country's image and status. “This is an honor for any country to host such a conference,” the president is convinced.

Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked Vladimir Voronkov personally for his assistance in organizing the event: “You helped bring this conference to Belarus. We cannot let you down. We will keep it up, we will by all means stick to the policy outlined yesterday. Your assessment of the conference and Belarus' role in combating this modern evil was covered in all mass media outlets.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko reaffirmed Belarus' commitment to combating terrorism. “You are welcome to give advice, coordinate and guide the work of our government agencies. This will benefit our relations, Belarus, the United Nations and overall this will be a good contribution to the fight against terrorism worldwide,” the president said.

“Generally speaking, I believe that no one can find fault with us as far as the conduct of the conference is concerned. We always treat such events very seriously,” the head of state said.

Belarus is party to major multilateral agreements on combating international terrorism under the aegis of the United Nations. Belarus took part in the first United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States that took place in New York in June 2018. Belarus was among 70 countries that signed the Code of Conduct Towards Achieving a World Free of Terrorism at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018.

The international conference "Countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies" is taking place in Minsk on 3-4 September. The event, co-organized by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), is held in the follow-up to the international high-level meeting that took place in Minsk under the aegis of the OSCE in October 2018.