“All people have the right to live in peace and security in their own country,” Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis declared during his address at the 71st session of the United Nations on September 21 in New York. Decisive political action to address and prevent conflicts that cause massive displacements and suffering is more urgent than ever before. The international community must find political solutions.”
President Vējonis insisted that the UN must be capable of resisting challenges to global peace and development more than ever before. “Conflicts, poverty, disasters and climate change have contributed to the rise of large movements of refugees and migrants,” he said. “125 million people around the world desperately need humanitarian assistance.”
The President went on to stress the need for sustainable solutions to provide education, employment and business opportunities for people who have been forcibly displaced during protracted crises and conflicts, as well as to provide support for host communities and countries.
Turning to the spread of violent extremism, Mr Vējonis said that the development of peaceful and inclusive societies, good governance and respect to human rights would help to tackle it. “While military and security measures are necessary to combat Daesh and similar groups, we need to address the root causes which turn people to violent extremism,” the President said, adding that the fight against terrorism must remain a priority in the field of global co-operation.
In his address, President Vējonis also discussed the security situation in Europe, noting that the stability and security of Europe’s neighbours to the East has been a strategic priority and remains high on Latvia’s political agenda. “The international community must work to facilitate the peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” he said. “All parties must fulfil their commitments under the Minsk Agreements and make the Minsk process work.”
President Vējonis visited the United States from September 18 to September 25.