Radev at UN: Bulgaria supports European integration of Western Balkans as investment in stability

Radev at UN: Bulgaria supports European integration of Western Balkans as investment in stability

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, President Roumen Radev reiterated Bulgaria’s consistent support for the integration of the Western Balkans in the European Union.

This process is an investment in regional stability and requires actively building good-neighbourly relations, he said.

Today, more than ever, we need to stand for a rule-based multilateral system, with the UN at its core, Radev said.

Radev voiced Bulgaria’s support for “the timely and important initiative, launched by both Germany and France, for the creation of an Alliance for Multilateralism–a network of like-minded nations working to foster effective multilateral approaches to global issues through the  United Nations”.

He said that this initiative aims at achieving sustainable development for all parts of the planet.

The UN has a unique array of tools for mediation, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace building. Bulgaria welcomes the UN Secretary-General’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, Radev said.

He highlighted international terrorism and violent extremism as factors that continue to pose a significant threat to international peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

“The international community should beef up efforts to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation by supporting the United Nations as a key player,” Radev said.

He said that unfortunately, over the last year the international community has not been able to reach a breakthrough in any major conflict around the world.

“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 the peace. The international community should stay vigilant as the terrorist threat still exists in different forms.”

Radev reiterated Bulgaria’s support for all efforts aimed at resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, including those of the Quartet, on the Middle East Peace Process.

“A two-State solution is the only way to sustainable peace. The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is a cause for great concern. It should remain a priority of the United Nations and international community alike,” he said.

“It has been more than five years since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. Despite periodic ceasefires, the situation in Eastern Ukraine remains highly precarious,” Radev said and called for a peaceful settlement of the crisis.

He saw the exchange of detainees as a sign of hope and emphasised the necessity for implementing in full the mutually agreed Package of measures, endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015) and for abiding by the ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and granting unhindered access to the OSCE Special monitoring mission to all sites of the two sides in the conflict.

The decision by Iran to suspend the implementation of some of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on its nuclear program is a reason for deep concern, Radev said and called for full compliance with the nuclear deal and diplomatic outreach for lowering the tensions”.

Discussing the regional role and the ballistic missile program of Iran is to be addressed separately from the JCPoA,” he said.

Radev also noted the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, which requires that an immediate priority should be given to de-escalation measures aimed at avoiding further incidents./ibna

(Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak)