Borut Pahor he also gave a speech on Wednesday at a general discussion of world leaders, which was his last such appearance, as he bids farewell to his position. Until the beginning of next week, he will have several more bilateral meetings, at which he will present Slovenia’s candidacy for the Security Council. On Monday, among other things, he will present a state award to the pastor of the Slovenian Church of St. Cyril in Manhattan Martin Kryzolog.
President Pahor said on Wednesday that Slovenia must stick to its principled foreign policy and positions regardless of the fact that it is a candidate for membership in the UN Security Council for the period 2024-2025. Pahor will formally launch the candidacy campaign at a special reception on Monday.
The campaign takes place in a time of war
The campaign takes place during the war in Ukraine, which has divided the world. Western countries and their allies strongly condemn Russian aggression as a violation of international law and the UN Charter, but certain countries, especially in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, do not think so and even accuse the West of overburdening Ukraine at the expense of other global challenges.
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Slovenia competes for a seat with Belarus, which is on the side of Russian aggression and is far from meeting Slovenian democratic standards. At first glance, this fact could have already decided the match, but it is a matter of persuading the members of the UN, who also have their own interests.
In next year’s elections, Slovenia needs 129 votes of support in the 193-member General Assembly to succeed, and given that more than 140 countries condemned Russia’s aggression in March, hope for success remains, even though Belarus started the campaign much earlier.
“Slovenia has no enemies, only friends”
“I have already held the first talks and will continue in the coming days. At the beginning of next week, we also have the official start of the campaign. As I already said in the General Assembly – Slovenia has no enemies, only friends. We have principled views on issues that more or less enjoy consensus in the international community,” Pahor told Slovenian correspondents in New York, highlighting the position on the war in Ukraine as an important criterion.
“Slovenia does not hide its position. I made it very clear that if someone cannot live with this position, we will not get their support. We will not change this position because of the campaign, but we can talk about everything else,” he said yesterday Pahor and thought that Slovenia can collect the necessary number of votes, but it will be necessary to work for it.
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“All countries strive for this position, which means a certain enhanced influence in the international community, which small countries otherwise do not have,” Pahor said, arguing for a persistent campaign for support and rejecting any thought of stepping down if things did not go well at first.
Pahor believes that, unfortunately, there is no end in sight to the war in Ukraine for now
Pahor said that, in his opinion, the war in Ukraine unfortunately has no end in sight for now. In conversations with interlocutors, he notes that there is currently no opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and things will continue to escalate, so this issue will also be important next year, when the vote for the Security Council will be held.
However, he reiterated that Slovenia must not deviate from its principled positions. “We will try to build a consensus, we are ready for meaningful compromises, but not those that will fundamentally contradict our foreign policy principles. I think this is very important for our credibility, and for now I have a good feeling,” he said.
Pahor believes that Slovenian diplomacy, especially in New York, is capable of running a successful campaign. “When we celebrated the 30th anniversary of independence here in front of the UN building, I said that we can be proud of the successes of Slovenian diplomacy. Let’s be honest. We declared independence in 1991 and 30 years later Slovenia is included in the EU, in NATO, it belongs to the Western world as a sovereign factor, it formulates its foreign and security policy and coordinates it with partners and allies. I think we have achieved astonishing results,” said Pahor.
However, one should not rest on one’s laurels, and the candidacy for the Security Council confirms this. “Because we are small, we must not have the complex that we do not have influence or that we are not listened to,” said Pahor, adding that in the UN General Assembly every country has an equally important voice and that there is no difference between Monaco and the United States.
“We will consult with everyone, including those who may not support our candidacy because of their stance on the war in Ukraine. But we will go to everyone, introduce ourselves, and we will get some countries to change their stance on our candidacy,” he said. Pahor.
He also emphasized that he is very worried about the latest moves and statements from Moscow, especially those about the possibility of using nuclear weapons. “We were not used to this in the decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the exception of the war in the Balkans, history in our country continued along a peaceful path. The threat of using force, let alone nuclear weapons, is prohibited by the UN Charter,” Pahor said, adding , that this is worthy of any condemnation and must be removed from the agenda.
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