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Speech by the President of Lithuania at UNGA: hybrid attacks pose security threat to all countries

2021-09-21

Leaders from all over the world have gathered in New York to the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

In his speech, President Gitanas Nausėda focused on global and regional challenges: curbing the pandemic, international and regional security, and climate change.  

“We should gather to address global challenges and look for solutions together. Unfortunately, we can no longer live safely not only because of geopolitical challenges but also due to the threat of the global pandemic. But we can contribute to our safety in many ways: share vaccines, counter disinformation and care for each other,” President Nausėda said.

In his speech, the President of Lithuania sent a clear message to the world leaders about the challenge, currently faced by Lithuania – illegal migration. Referring to the hybrid attack organized by the government of Belarus, the President underscored that it posed a threat not only for the security of Lithuania but for the international security as well. The President stressed that we should make it clear and do everything within our power for people not to be used as tools in hybrid attack and for nuclear power not to be used as a tool to intimidate neighbors.

President Nausėda also reminded the international community of the challenges faced by the Eastern Partnership countries: the continuing military aggression against Ukraine as well as the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea, the frozen conflict in Transnistria, borderization in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“We have seen authoritarian states continuing their military buildups and intensifying violent crackdowns on political opposition, free media, and civil society. We refuse to accept such behavior as the ‘new normal’. Therefore, Lithuania fully supports the calls to uphold human rights in all countries of the world,“ the President of Lithuania said.

Referring to the climate change, Gitanas Nausėda stated that Lithuania fully supported the Secretary General of the United Nations in his call for the urgent steps to address the triple crisis of climate disruption, biodiversity loss, and pollution destroying our planet. In the President’s opinion, the response to climate change is an integral part of the aim for green Lithuania and the establishment of the welfare state.

The 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is very special for Lithuania. This year marks the 30 th anniversary when the Republic of Lithuania became a member of the United Nations in 1991. Lithuania has returned to the international community and on the global map. In 1992, UNGA adopted a Resolution calling for a complete withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territories of the Baltic States. The support of the international community was crucial in the negotiations with the Russian Federation regarding the withdrawal of its army.

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Last updated 2021.09.21 20:11

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