“Respect for human rights and freedom is the core value of the Montenegrin society”, stressed ambassador Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, State Secretary for Political Affairs, who led the Montenegrin Delegation on the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council started on 27 February in Geneva.
In his address, State Secretary Kaludjerovc informed the attendants of Montenegro’s hither to integration in the UN system, and presented current developments in the field of the protection of human rights in the context of the European Integration Process. He noted that, among other things, these are the reasons why Montenegro applied for the membership of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2013 – 2016 and expressed his hope that Montenegro will give its contribution to the Council, while drawing on its experiences of a multiethnic and multicultural society.
Over 70 delegations attended the plenary session of the UN Human Rights Council. The debate focused on current developments in the area of human rights and the mechanisms for their further improvement on the national, regional, and global level, the strengthening and widening of the normative basis, as well as a number of concrete issues. The situation in Syria was in the centre of attention, with special emphasis on the importance of taking the necessary steps to end the violence and breach of basic human rights, as well as finding the peaceful solution to the problem through regional action and the UN system.
At the sidelines of the Council sitting, Ambassador Kaludjerovic had a number of bilateral meetings where the dominant topic was Montenegro’s candidacy for the membership of the Human Rights Council. With Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Ambassador Kaludjerovic discussed concrete modalities of cooperation in the context of preparations for the membership, as Estonia is also a candidate for the membership of the Council for the period 2013-2016.