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Slovenia: Fajon on UN Security Council bid

She discussed the candidacy with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken

02 August, 18:38
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 02 AGO - Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon discussed her country's candidacy for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in 2024-2025 at the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York.

"This is not a project of the previous government, it is the project of Slovenia," she said, confident that the project enjoys the unanimous support of the current government. "The whole of Slovenia ... is interested in having the opportunity to sit in the Security Council and lead a very important agenda in difficult security circumstances. I don't see any doubt about that," he said.

Fajon discussed the candidacy with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other officials during bilateral meetings on Monday. "I received a lot of advice from different people on how to approach the campaign. Slovenia has experienced diplomats in New York, and I am confident that Slovenia also has a strong team of experts who will work quickly to make sure that our country is successful." The minister announced that he will visit countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and will return to New York in September for the opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Another candidate from the Eastern European group of the UN system vying for the same seat is Belarus; to win the seat, Slovenia must convince a majority of the 193 members of the General Assembly. "Slovenia is committed to peace and the rule of law and ultimately to a world free of nuclear weapons, which we are talking about today," Fajon said.

"Of course Slovenia supports the strategic partnership with the United States, because any cooperation and any dialogue is important," the minister said, commenting on the strategic dialogue with the United States initiated by the previous government. Today the minister will attend a meeting of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament, a group of countries that consider the NPT the most important international treaty against nuclear proliferation and the foundation of an international framework for global disarmament. Slovenia recently joined the initiative. (ANSA).

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