President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York. The leaders discussed global security issues and cooperation in defending women’s rights, addressing gender equality issues and violence against women.
Dalia Grybauskaitė who has been chairing the Council of Women World Leaders for the third year has joined the circle of world leaders formed by Secretary-General António Guterres aimed at curbing sexual violence against local population in the UN peacekeeping missions.
The President also directly informed the UN Secretary-General about Russia‘s actions at the border with Lithuania, security situation in the region and threats posed to the people all over the world by aggressive military exercise “Zapad”.
According to the President, simulation of a real conflict with NATO member countries, concealed scope and scenarios of the exercise, deployment of soldiers and tactical weapons as well as unconventional actions speak about aggressive and offensive nature of “Zapad”. The effects of capacities of nuclear weapons, artillery and missile mobilized in Kaliningrad may reach even Lisbon.
The world has to learn the lessons of Crimea, Transnistria, South Ossetia and Abkhazia and do not overlook aggressive actions. With the connivance of abusers, we will only encourage them to proceed. The role of the United Nations in ensuring peace and security is paramount.
Dalia Grybauskaitė expressed support to the aims of the new Secretary-General of the United Nations to reform this unique international organization for it to have real levers to protect the world from wars. According to the President, the recent reaction of the United Nations towards the violations of international law was not sufficient and the United Nations failed to fulfill its mission completely.
Rapid and transparent organization is needed for ensuring global peace and stability. Lithuania is prepared to give assistance in reforming the United Nations and it supports the initiatives of the Secretary-General.