Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with UN Under-Secretary-General Yuri Fedotov

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President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko has stated that Belarus is strongly determined to fight all kinds of crime. The President made this statement as he met with UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yuri Fedotov on 30 May.

“We do not want to boast, but Belarus has invested tremendous effort to help the cause you are working on,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that some 12-13 years ago Belarus launched a massive campaign aimed to combat all manifestations of human trafficking, from female sex slavery to murders of potential donors. The President underlined that Belarus has accumulated some experience and made appreciable progress in fighting trafficking in human beings. “We are proud of that, because we believe that such crimes are unacceptable in the modern world,” the head of state said.

Speaking about crime control, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that it is quite a challenge for Belarus, because the country is located at a crossroads of important routes with all kinds of transit flows crossing it. In his words, on the one hand, Belarus benefits from it, on the other hand this transit location exposes the country to certain threats, “from illegal migration to smuggling of narcotic drugs and radioactive substances”. “It puts us in the forefront of fight against these crimes,” the President said.

Addressing Yuri Fedotov, the President noted that Belarus can share some efficient practices in fighting crimes that are the scope of reference of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Speaking about the conference for representatives of law enforcement bodies of the Group of Friends, the Belarusian head of state expressed confidence that it will do a lot of good for the entire global community.

Yuri Fedotov thanked the President for his constant many-year support for the UN efforts towards combating trafficking in human beings. He noted that Belarus initiated the UN Group of Friends who got united in the fight against trafficking in human beings and was also the initiator of the global plan of action to combat trafficking in human beings adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2010. He stressed that the UN attaches great importance to these issues. In particular, two weeks ago New York hosted high-level events to discuss the ways of increasing the efficiency of international cooperation in the fight against human trafficking.

“Belarus’ voice is authoritative, and taken into account. This in general promotes the country’s image on the world stage within the United Nations,” the UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said.

Yury Fedorov noted that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked to convey to Belarus his highest appreciation of its efforts in this area.