published: 28.09.2013, 12:50 | updated: 28.09.2013 12:51:54
New York - Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok called for international cooperation in solving the world´s most pressing problems and he offered Czech experience with a country´s transition to democracy in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly meeting on Friday.
Rusnok, an economist whose caretaker cabinet leads the Czech Republic to the October 25-26 early general election, pointed to the fragility of the slowly rising world economy.
He also called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict and voiced concern about the stagnating negotiations about nuclear weapons non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament.
"Fundamental human rights and freedoms are still at risk in many countries" and "the gap between the rich and the poor is ever widening," Rusnok stated.
International cooperation is essential for these and other challenges to be addressed, he emphasised.
He said the U.N. and its organs are the most suitable body to pool global efforts and resources needed for this task, but they must adapt to the changing world.
"The Organisation as a whole, as well as the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council as its principle organs, must all take upon these challenges in a cooperative and efficient manner. From the start, we should formulate realistic plans and procedures," Rusnok said.
"The Czech Republic as a country with historical experience of an undemocratic regime is ready to share its experience from its democratic transition process, as well as to offer its help, resources and know-how to countries undergoing their democratic transition," Rusnok said.
He called the use of chemical weapons in Syria "deeply worrying" and "unacceptable."
"Whoever gave the order to initiate the chemical attack has gravely violated the principle of responsibility to protect the civilian population. This constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity and its perpetrators should be held accountable before the International Criminal Court," Rusnok said.
Speaking of nuclear disarmament, he said it is "very unfortunate" that the Conference on Disarmament, as the sole multilateral negotiating body in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, has been in a dead-locked situation for more than 15 years.
"The Czech Republic - being one of the most active observer states - supports revitalisation of the Conference on Disarmament...as well as its enlargement in the future."
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