Lithuania’s Ambassador stresses Community of Democracies’ important role in strengthening democracy around world at meeting in Washington, D.C.
At the Community of Democracies (CoD) Governing Council Ministerial meeting in Washington D.C., on 15 September, the Lithuanian delegation was headed by the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States of America Rolandas Kriščiūnas.
When opening the meeting, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson congratulated the next Secretary General of the CoD Thomas E. Garrett and emphasised the importance of democracy promotion and of the CoD’s role in protecting civil society space to guarantee human rights.
In his speech, the Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas thanked the United States for its two-year Presidency of the CoD and a consistent effort to unite members of the organization to struggle for the consolidation of democracy around the world. The Ambassador noted that there was still a number of countries, which were failing to comply with their international obligations, disseminating disinformation and carrying out aggression against other countries. According to the Ambassador, democratic countries have to make use of the UN Third Committee’s resolutions to rebuff the efforts of unfriendly governments that undermine democratic norms. In addition, the Ambassador said that the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Lithuania’s neighbouring country – Belarus – and the Nord Stream 2 AG project were political tools aimed at intimidating European countries.
Kriščiūnas also said that the CoD’s role was to mobilize support for civil society and that the organisation had to take on more responsibility for the future of global democracy. The head of the Lithuanian delegation expressed high appreciation of the Brookings Institution’s recommendations on the strengthening of democracy and security around the world, and suggested that they should be taken into account.
Lithuania is an active member of the CoD’s Governing Council. The country also chairs the CoD’s Working Group on Women and Democracy.
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