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Address by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Amanatidis, at the closing Session of the “Model United Nations” Conference (Aristotle College of Thessaloniki, 3 March 2018)

Saturday, 03 March 2018

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Conference Attendees,

In the three days of deliberations held here on a wide range of topics, at the Model United Nations, you will have witnessed the strength of character, the resolve, the cooperation and flexibility required to achieve goals in a spirit of mutual respect and commitment to international law as a means of resolving differences.

I don't think there is a greater lesson than defending, in a spirit of cooperation and good faith, one’s positions, when the majority do not share one’s views.

You will certainly have noticed the challenges in international relations, within the realistic background of differing views and interests, as well as the advantages multilateral organizations offer to peoples and states.

Dear Conference Attendees,

Allow me to share some thoughts with you regarding the topic you dealt with during your conference.

The UN is the highest of international organizations, as it embodies a global commitment. It is a symbol of peace.

The United Nations were created on the basis of reality and ideals, on the legality provided by states’ commitment to international law, and on the resolve to safeguard international peace and stability against hostility and the threat of war. The UN is the guardian of an ideal, the repository of global conscience, the framework within which even the most powerful states accept the supremacy of international law over ‘might is right’.

In Europe, the memories of the two World Wars seem to be receding with every passing generation, and at the same time our world is being shaken by conflicts. Thus, safeguarding peace requires memory and vigilance from all of us. The principles of cooperation and respect that are the foundation of the Model UN process are also the foundation of the peaceful resolution of conflicting interests, in the context of our common duty to relegate war to the pages of history books.
With these thoughts, closing this conference, I hope that what you take away with you is positive and will prove useful to you in the course of your lives.

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