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Belarus, Laos against using human rights for political ends

MINSK, 1 July (BelTA) - Belarus and Laos have agreed to jointly oppose the attempts to use human rights as a means of political pressure, reads the joint statement of the presidents of the two countries Alexander Lukashenko and Choummaly Sayasone signed after the official talks in Minsk.

In the joint statement, the parties underlined that they share views on the solution of the key problems of the world development, and spoke in favor of a just international order based on respect for international law, equality and mutual respect. The statement stresses the primacy of the United Nations as a universal international organization in the formation of a multi-polar world and the understanding of the importance of continued close cooperation within the framework of the United Nations and other international organizations. “The parties expressed strong non-acceptance of the attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states under any pretext, not in conformity with the goals and principles of the UN Charter. The parties agreed to cooperate actively in the international arena on the issue of human rights and oppose the attempts to use human rights as a means of political pressure on the parties, including within the framework of the United Nations

The heads of state also reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate in the fight against new threats and challenges. It was stressed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international stability and security. The fight against terrorism must be fought without double standards.