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Bulgarian Head of State Addresses UN General Assembly Session

Bulgarian Head of State Addresses UN General Assembly Session

27.9.2019
September 26 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Thursday addressed the UN General Assembly during the General Debate of its 74th Session. "Today, more than ever, we need to stand for a rule-based multilateral system, with the United Nations at its core," the President said, quoted by his Press Secretariat. He expressed his country's support for the creation of an Alliance for Multilateralism, describing it as a "timely and important initiative" launched by Germany and France "to foster effective multilateral approaches to global issues through the UN". In Radev's words, the UN has a "unique array of tools for mediation, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace building", which is why Bulgaria welcomes Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's commitment to advance diplomacy for peace and stands ready to support his efforts to strengthen the role of mediation in conflict prevention, embodied in the Action for Peacekeeping initiative. The Bulgarian head of State noted that "international terrorism and violent extremism continue to pose a significant threat to international peace and security, human rights and sustainable development." He called on the international community to beef up efforts to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation by supporting the UN as a key player. Radev deplored the international community's inability to reach a breakthrough in any major conflict around the world over the last year. The Middle East "The proclaimed military victory over the so-called ISIS 'Caliphate' last March was not enough to bring the war-torn Middle East region closer to peace," the President noted, calling on the international community to stay vigilant "as the terrorist threat still exists in different forms". He stressed that "finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria is crucial for the stability and security of the region and beyond", arguing that a sustainable political solution should be sought through the launch of a genuine Syrian-owned political process under UN auspices, aimed at a peaceful and inclusive political transition. Radev called for a nationwide cessation of hostilities, for the protection of civilians, and for ensuring humanitarian access to all parts of the country. "Bulgaria highly appreciates the commitment of the neighboring host countries to ease the suffering of the refugees," the President said. Arguing that there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya, Radev pledged his country's continued support for the relaunch of the UN-led mediation process and the preparation of parliamentary and presidential elections. "The stabilization of Libya is of utmost importance for regional security and for the management of migration flows in the Mediterranean," he pointed out. Addressing the forum, the head of State reiterated Bulgaria's support for all efforts aimed at resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on the Middle East Peace Process, including those of the Quartet. "A two-State solution is the only way to sustainable peace," he argued. He insisted that the UN and the international community should continue to prioritize the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Radev voiced Bulgaria's "deep concern" over Iran's decision to suspend the implementation of some of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for its nuclear programme, insisting that "the return to full compliance with the nuclear deal and the further diplomatic outreach is the only prerequisite for lowering tensions." In his opinion, Iran's regional role and ballistic missile programme should be addressed separately from the JCPoA. Radev also called attention to the recent escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, noting that "an immediate priority should be given to de-escalation measures aimed at avoiding further incidents." Ukraine, Non-proliferation, Western Balkans, Environment The President called for a peaceful settlement of the "highly precarious" situation in Eastern Ukraine in accordance with the 2014 UN General Assembly resolution. The exchange of detainees is a sign of hope, but the parties to the conflict should implement in full the mutually agreed Package of Measures and abide by the ceasefire, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons and granting unhindered access to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to all sites, Radev said. In connection with the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2020, the Bulgarian leader called on the international community to reconfirm the validity of the Treaty as the cornerstone of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Noting his country's consistent support for the Western Balkans' EU integration, Radev described the process leading to accession as "an investment in stability". "Bulgaria puts a special emphasis on the need for overcoming the legacies of the past in this region by actively building good-neighborly relations," he emphasized. "The human race is facing rapidly developing detrimental consequences of ever-growing overuse of natural resources and massive urbanization. Some human activities result in irreversible environmental pollution; in reducing biodiversity and in threatening the fragile ecosystems," the President pointed out, highlighting the "pressing need to accelerate the pace of progress in achieving all Sustainable Development Goals". "As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Bulgaria committed to empowerment of children with disabilities through inclusive education," Radev said, noting that the Bulgarian member of the new European Commission will be in charge of youth, education and innovations, "which proves the importance we attach to these priorities." LG // Source: New York, http://www.bta.bg/en/c/DF/id/2081136
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