In New York, Lithuania delivers EU statement on nuclear disarmament, establishes diplomatic relations with three more countries

27 September 2013, Last updated at, 14:11 EET
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L.Linkevičius delivers an EU statement on behalf of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. | author: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

On 26 September at the UN General Assembly’s High-level meeting on nuclear disarmament in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius delivered an EU statement on behalf of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister called on all countries to consistently implement the decisions that were made at the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).  The EU considers nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament as mutually complementary processes.

A meeting between the EU and its Eastern neighbourhood countries discussed preparations for the next Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, while a meeting of the U.S., Baltic and Adriatic charter countries focused on NATO’s further enlargement. L.Linkevičius invited Ministers of participating countries to take part in the conference on NATO enlargement, which is to be held in Vilnius next year.

The head of the Lithuanian diplomacy, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Foreign Ministers of European, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries also took part in a ministerial meeting of the Group of the Friends of the Syrian People with the leader of the Syrian Opposition Coalition Ahmed al-Jarba. The participants of the meeting welcomed the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s readiness to attend the Geneva II peace conference and called for a political solution to the crisis. Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt gave a speech on behalf of the Ministers of the Nordic and Baltic Eight (NB8).

L.Linkevičius met with Foreign Ministers of Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo and Rwanda for a bilateral conversation. The Foreign Minister stressed Lithuania’s aim to expand and strengthen bilateral relations, and to promote cooperation in the economic, political and cultural fields. They also discussed Lithuania’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

On 26 September in New York, Lithuania also established diplomatic relations with Grenada, the Union of the Comoros, and Cuba.

On the same day, the EU Foreign Ministers had a working dinner with the U.S. Secretary of State J.Kerry to discuss key foreign policy issues, including the situation in Syria and Iran, the Middle East peace process, and important issues related to the EU’s Eastern neighbours.


       

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