Here is the text of the video message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the Antalya Diplomatic Forum in Antalya, Turkey today:
Excellencies, distinguished participants, I thank the President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and the Government of the Republic of Turkey for hosting the Antalya Diplomatic Forum.
This year’s Forum comes at an extremely difficult time for our collective security. The senseless conflict in Ukraine is causing death and devastation to the country and its people, with enormous security risks for the region and the world. It forced more than 1.5 million people across borders and disrupted the global economy with unpredictable consequences. It has multiplied the risks of miscalculation and escalation. There is only one way forward: the way of dialogue and diplomacy.
Excellencies, diplomacy is the essence and spirit of the Charter of the United Nations, a document with one primary objective: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. The framers of the Charter witnessed the untold damage wrought by World War II. To prevent this from happening again, they have built a system of collective security based on the fundamental idea that diplomacy must always come first.
“Recoding diplomacy”, the subject of the Forum this year, is first of all looking back to understand and build the foundations that make diplomatic work possible. These foundations are clear: respect for international law, sovereignty and equality between States.
Recoding diplomacy also means looking to the future and recognizing that diplomacy is a living process. It must be updated and revitalized, so that we can meet the changing needs of our time.
In these difficult times, recoding diplomacy means a relentless and tireless search for peaceful solutions, however and wherever they may be, even during the darkest days of violence and conflict. It is our common duty and our solemn obligation.
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