Addressing the UN General Assembly, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic assessed that this year’s General Debate is held in terms of undermined world peace, to an extent that has not been seen ever since World War II and since the establishment of the United Nations. The global challenges we are facing are threatening to radically change international security architecture and jeopardize the established international legal order. Such complex times demand a lot of wisdom and unity, in order to preserve peace as the absolutely most important heritage woven into the foundations of the United Nations Organization, said Vucic.
The Serbian President said he would speak about five key challenges, which are returning to peace and preservation of global stability, preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of internationally recognized UN members, energy security in terms of the global crisis, financial safety of the poor and developing countries and food supply in terms of global supply chains interrupted by war.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and these words are a reminder and a warning to us all, said Vucic stressing that, in spite of the consequences of the gross violation of basic provisions of international public law, Belgrade will keep advocating the consistent observance of the principle of inviolability of borders.
We consistently advocate respect for the principle of sovereignty and integrity, said Vucic, adding that Serbia respects Ukraine’s integrity.
The policy of sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation cannot bring good results for anyone, assessed President Vucic, stressing that Serbia will continue to be a factor of stability in the Balkans.
He said a hybrid war and a dirty campaign on a part of the international community are waged against Serbia, adding: “It would be enough just to remind you of the quotes and allegations of world media that Serbia would attack its neighbors and that Serbia was a threat to regional stability.”
“Serbia was featured as a potentially destabilizing factor in the region, only to be prevented from telling the truth – that the principle of inviolability of borders must be equally applicable to all. Serbia was and will be a factor of stability in the entire region,” said Vucic, stressing that, despite the many untruths that could be heard, Serbia supports the Dayton Peace Accords.
The Serbian President spoke about the five key challenges that the world is faced with at the present day.
1: Returning to peace and preservation of global stability;
2: Preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of internationally recognized states, members of this Organization, as a key principle of international public law and relations between the countries;
3: Energy security in times of global crisis;
4: Financial safety of the poor and developing countries;
5: Food supply in terms of global supply chains interrupted by war;
The principle of inviolability of borders must equally apply to all
Vucic added that Serbia was featured as a potentially destabilizing factor in the region, only to be prevented from telling the truth – that the principle of inviolability of borders must be equally applicable to all, referring to Bosnia once more.
“Serbia was and will be a factor of stability in the entire region. Despite many untruths and forgeries, Serbia supports the Dayton Peace Accords, the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the integrity of Republika Srpska within Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Vucic, among other things, adding that this is why it believes that the policy of sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation cannot bring good results for anyone.