Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković will attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, to be held in New York from 20 to 26 September, Novosti daily has learned.
High-level delegations from almost every country in the world will participate in the general debate, during which Vučić will speak, and it will be an opportunity to discuss current affairs, with an emphasis on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
The New York gathering will also be an opportunity to talk about Serbia’s stance towards Ukraine (condemnation of the attack on territorial integrity, but not sanctions on Russia), but also about the Kosovo issue, especially now when pressure is mounting for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to intensify. Vučić and Selaković are expected to hold numerous meetings with UN representatives and various countries, in official talks and on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
It is not yet known whether the Russian delegation, which is expected to be led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, will be present at the New York session. In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Moscow recently expressed its concern because none of the 56 Russian representatives received a US visa. The US has imposed sanctions on Russia for its attack on Ukraine, which includes a travel ban. Moscow cites the 1947 agreement between the US and the UN, which stipulates that Washington should not prevent the transit of representatives of member states to UN headquarters.
A high-level meeting with Assembly President Abdullah Shahid is expected to be held during the session to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Members of Nationalities or Ethnicities of Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
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