Lukashenka to make speech at UN General Assembly in New York – state-run media

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will be given the honorable right to speak on the first day of the general debate of the UN General Assembly on September, 28 in New York, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas told state-run news agency BelTA.

The jubilee 70th session of the UN General Assembly will be held immediately after the 2015 UN Summit scheduled for September, 25-27. The event is aimed at adopting the development agenda for the period after the year 2015. The GA session where the head of Belarus is expected to deliver a speech will begin with a general debate on September, 28 .

“As most world leaders who come to New York take part both in the summit and in the general debate of the General Assembly, especially since the both events are devoted to a single topic this year, we have a reason hold the UN summit-2015 as an opportunity for communication, dialogue and cooperation of world leaders,” said Dapkiunas.

It is to be recalled that Alyaksandr Lukashenka rarely stands a chance to visit Western countries as he has been blacklisted for years.

The EU first imposed restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime in 2004 in response to the disappearance of four opposition activists in 1999 and 2000. Measures have also been imposed against those responsible for the fraudulent referendum and elections in Belarus on 17 October 2004; for the violations of international electoral standards in the presidential elections in Belarus on 19 March 2006, and on 19 December 2010; and those who are responsible for severe human rights violations and the repression of peaceful demonstrators in the aftermath of the referendum and these elections.

The EU blacklisted Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, his sons Viktar and Dzmitry, head of the Central Election Commission Lidziya Yarmoshyna, KGB Chief Valery Vakulchyk and a number of Belarusian ministers, top officials, judges, journalists and presidential bagmen who are accessory to serious violations of human rights, for the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition or for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Belarus, or persons benefiting from or supporting the Lukashenka regime.

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