Belarus and Liberia are sovereign states, respectively in Europe and Africa that pursue an independent and peaceful foreign policy, which aims at developing cooperation with foreign partners from all over the world, and making a significant contribution to strengthening of international security and stability. The principles of Non-Aligned Movement bear a stark resemblance to the principles upon which the foreign policy of both Belarus and Liberia is based, especially the pursuit of a multipolar world, non-interference in sovereign countries’ affairs and DE politicization of such basic issues as democracy and human rights.
As a member of NAM, Belarus has been at the forefront of promoting multilateralism, and resisting the efforts of unilaterism. Through its actions via the forum of NAM, Belarus has invariably stood for the interests of the developing countries in the context of global development. At the 2005 United Nations Summit, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko highlighted the importance of diversity of development as an important facet of human civilization. At the NAM ministerial conference of 2006 in Havana, the Bealrus President reiterated these ideals of the country’s foreign policy, and suggested drafting a plan of action to form a multipolar world. According to the president, the pressing problems such as poverty, international terrorism, illegal migration, drug trafficking, racism and other challenges of the modern world should be tackled jointly.
In a similar vein, Liberia, in particular since the reign of President Tolbert in the 1970s committed its foreign policy to the principles of Non-Alignment. His policies and principles truly accentuated the principles of what he called as “Genuine Non-Alignment” Thus, it was a historic occasion when the communiqué establishing diplomatic relations was signed by the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations, Andrei Dapkiunas, and on behalf of Liberia by the Chargé d’Affaires of Liberia to the United Nations George S.W. Patten.
Following the signature the Heads of Belarusian and Liberian diplomatic missions have discussed the opportunities of strengthening bilateral cooperation. In particular, the diplomats have considered prospective areas of economic cooperation between the two countries, as well as measures to enhance cooperation between delegations of Belarus and Liberia in the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
As one of the few European members of the Non-Aligned Movement, Belarus intends to strengthen and expand the larger foreign policy arc» of allies and partners in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, to elevate the cooperation with countries serving as Belarus’ foothold to the level of strategic partnership. Diversification of trade, development of joint production with the countries of these regions is an important prerequisite for the growth of the Belarusian export-oriented economy, and it is within this matrix that Belarus wants to develop its relationship with Liberia.
The current world economic situation and the challenges posed by fast evolving political developments around the globe, call for closer cooperation among the countries of the South and it is within these objectives that the newly forged partnership between Belarus and Liberia in the economic as well as the political realm represents an epitome of South-South Cooperation signifying demand driven, non-conditionality and win-win approach.
Moreover, both Liberia and Belarus strive for the establishment of a multilateral world order and have advocated a reform of the United Nations in consonance with the official stated position of the Non-Aligned Movement. Both the countries support the strengthening of the role of the United Nations in solving global problems, support the UN policy in promoting international peace and security, strengthening and developing international regimes of non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, reducing and eliminating their arsenals, counteracting international terrorism.