The MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS of Serbia Nikola Selaković said today at the ministerial meeting of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries in New York that Serbia strives to develop and deepen relations with the members of that movement.
Selaković, addressing the member ministers of the PNZ, explained that Serbia, as a country that is militarily neutral and committed to its strategic orientation, full membership in the European Union, is simultaneously working to strengthen old, traditional friendships with African, Latin American and Asia-Pacific countries in hopes that the strengthening of those ties will be mutually beneficial for our peoples.
Recalling that, despite the fact that from the very beginning the Movement was made up of states of different identities, cultures, religions and political-economic systems, Selaković stated that the non-aligned throughout their existence managed to grow, based on ten founding principles, which they never lost on its importance and actuality.
The head of Serbian diplomacy pointed out that he is proud of the fact that from last year’s high-level meeting on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first PNZ conference, from the very place where it was held, from Belgrade, a strong signal was sent that we do not forget old friendships, but also that the founding principles Movements have timeless value and special significance.
– Although today’s world is different in many ways than it was in 1961, we still face similar challenges. That is why today it is necessary to work additionally on strengthening multilateralism and understanding the multipolarity of the world order – Selaković said.
As he pointed out, it is of particular importance for Serbia to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is described in the UN Charter, but also in the second founding principle of the Non-Aligned Movement.
On this occasion, Minister Selaković thanked the numerous members of the Movement who stand by Serbia and who remained consistent with the principles of respect for international law, not recognizing the unilaterally declared independence of the so-called “Kosovo”.
– Finally, I want to say once again that the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries can always count on the friendship of Serbia. We firmly believe and contribute to the construction of a world in which dialogue based on equality will prevail, without division into big and small – a world in which commitment to peace and stability will prevail – concluded Selaković.
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