Who Said What: EU member states at UNGA

By Dina Arakji

Donald Tusk, President of the EU: “We treat the values upon which the European Union is founded in all seriousness. And we have the determination to seek those values on the international arena. If we fail, the world will descend into greater disorder, whose first victims are always the weakest and the poorest.”

  1. Francois Hollande, President of France: “…we want to combat populism, which is taking advantage of the disarray to separate, divide, stigmatize, to oppose religions against each other, to play them off against each other…France is a secular country but a country which speaks to all religions and which assures freedom of religion in its own country.”
  2. Andrzej Duda, President of Poland: “Peace and security are two fundamental preconditions for achievement of sustainable development. The effectiveness of global action in this regard shall depend on international solidarity and concerted action between our states.”
  3. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal: “developing strategies of positive integration that counter the scourge of racism and xenophobia.”
  4. Matteo Renzi, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy: Italy has approved a law together with the representatives of parliament that say for every euro invested in security and policing … one euro is invested in culture, education… because this is another way to fight the crisis of our times.”
  5. Don Felipe VI, King of Spain: “Its continuity and strengthening are a key for the peace and prosperity of our continent and are an enormously positive factor because of its example … no one would gain if it were to become paralyzed and failed.” (on the EU existence)
  6. Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland: “The European societies are compassionate but today they are under stress. Their capacities to provide for asylum seekers and integration at home, or to provide humanitarian assistance abroad, have limits”.
  7. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia: “True inclusivity means more than just being open for cooperation and raising awareness only on occasion. It should be a continuous search for consensus…”
  8. Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia: “This is still a very turbulent time in Europe’s security landscape. For Latvia, the stability and security of Europe’s neighbors in the East is a strategic priority and remains high on the political agenda.”
  9. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia: “What we face is not, I underline, an unprecedented crisis. We have faced far worse refugee crises, and we have prevailed. In the Europe of 1946, Germany alone had 12 million internal refugees …”
  10. Dacian Julien Cioloș, Prime Minister of Romania: “The belt of frozen conflicts around the Black Sea remains a serious permanent threat to the stability in the region and beyond. They put on hold the perspective of prosperity and respect for principles and norms of international law.”
  11. Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria: “We all need to join forces. We need the United Nations, the EU, and the OSCE and we need effective multilateralism in order to achieve what we want most: Security and Stability.”
  12. Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic: “A few years ago, the number of countries which were influenced by Islamic terrorism has been only 6, now it is 35. So, Islamic State is something like a cancer…”
  13. Mr. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg: “We must act in an inclusive fashion, involving the various stakeholders and ensuring that our policies are consistent particularly when it comes to development so we can strike a balance between the economic, environment, and social pillars.”
  14. Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belguim: “…respect for human rights and for rule of law and democracy there must be no exception, no accommodation, no abandonment of those rights.”
  15. Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia: “Hate is a very bad master of our minds and will not bring us any closer to defeating the terrorist threats. The true leadership brings hope, reinforces trust and offers sustainable solutions for safety and peaceful coexistence.”
  16. Theresa May, the Prime Minister of United Kingdom: “… the United Kingdom has always been an outward-facing, global partner at the heart of international efforts to secure peace … when the British voted to leave the EU, they did not vote to turn inwards or walk away…”
  17. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia: “I like to present my country as smart, green, and of just the right size to be a reference country … but Slovenia also stands for democracy, equality, and peaceful resolution of disputes.”
  18. Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden: “Security is something we must build together. Security is something we share. This notion compels us to contest the false logic of confrontation and geopolitical zero-sum games.”
  19. Charles Flanagan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland: “We in Ireland know that negotiating lasting political solutions for conflicts is often a lengthy task with many stops, starts, and even setbacks along the way.”
  20. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta: “Despite the difficult debates, discussions, stumbling blocks and widely divergent viewpoints, it is encouraging to see how far we have come and how much we have found that which truly unites us…”
  21. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece: “Today – unlike a year ago – the challenges we face in Greece are opportunities for the international community, for Europe and for our region, to turn the page on the crises of the past and avert new, dangerous crises.”
  22. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: “There can be a lot of wishful thinking in believing something. Believing is not always enough. It is what we do that matters.”
  23. Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus: “comprehensive and indivisible 2030 agenda for sustainable development represents a common reference point for all of us and our guiding tool to tackle effectively the universal challenges that transcend boundaries …”
  24. Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria: “Europe is a symbol of hope for millions of refugees. Inspired by our common values, we are determined to further strengthen our efforts to manage migration …”
  25. Dalia Grybauskaité, President of Lithuania: “Education is a key that opens many doors. Educated women are a tremendous resource and a power for the common good.”
  26. Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary: “Hungary puts security of the Hungarian people in first place, and we will not allow violations of our borders… We have to help people to stay as close to their homes as possible so that they can return…”
  27. Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN: “History shows that prosperity and human development has been propelled by free trade. In short: If goods pass borders, there is less likelihood that soldiers will.”
  28. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany: “We need the United Nations, and we also need regional institutions such as the African Union and the OSCE to ensure the diverging interest and differences of opinion do not turn into lasting alienation thus preparing the ground for ever more new conflict.”

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