THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

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2013-04-29




CLOSING STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. TSAKHIAGIIN ELBEGDORJ, PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, AT THE VII CD MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE



Ulaanbaatar, 29 April 2013

Dear friends,

The Seventh Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies has concluded its work successfully.

The past three days were the days of hard work and great inspiration. In our deliberations and statements we have proven our collective will, desire and hope for a better tomorrow. We have also confirmed that we are determined and are ready for action. Thank you, indeed, very much.

I have been especially moved by the active participation of many women leaders – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Baroness Ashton, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Mrs. Tawakkol Karman, and many others. Your untiring service reminded me of the powerful message the late Mother Teresa left for us:”God doesn’t require that we succeed. God only asks that we serve”.

I reiterate my satisfaction with launching of the Asia Democracy Network and the first consultative meeting of the Asia-Pacific foreign ministers. These two new initiatives will foster our regional cooperation for democracy.

The Ulaanbaatar Declaration we have just adopted has cemented our achievements during the last two years and charted our immediate and future goals.

I have no doubt that the Community will continue its reforms under the Chairmanship of El Salvador.

Dear Friends,

We all believe in the power of freedom. God has planted in every heart the desire to live free. Sometimes that desire can be crushed by tyranny and oppression, but that desire will and does rise again.

I regard my country the democratic anchor in the East. Once in history Mongolians forced to build the biggest wall on earth. Today we are happy to help others to tear down the walls and iron curtains of tyranny and injustice.

Our role in the Community of Democracies will continue. As a moral duty, Mongolia decided to contribute 150 000 USD each year to support the successful operation of this global movement. Inspired by our modest contribution, I hope and invite other Member States to follow our suit.

Mongolia is a country of good name and fame. We cherish it. If my bone breaks, let it break, but never let my country break, never let our democracy and freedom break.

We Mongolians say: ”Meet people when your father is with you, and travel lands when your horse is with you’.

Mongolia is your friend, trusted and sustained. We are all friends united by shared values and common goals. We have nothing to teach you, but we have lessons to share and ideas to contribute. Please do come to Mongolia again and again, for inspiration, for friendship and for action.

At this moment, I thank all the governments, parliaments, civil societies, academia, international media and press, women’s and youth organizations for your support and partnership with Mongolia during our Chairmanship of the Community of Democracies. I would like to express my profound gratitude to all the people who made our Ministerial Conference a success – Conference preparation committee and working groups, think tanks, volunteers and students for your hard work.

Now I have an honorable duty to perform. I invite Mr. Juan Jose Garsia of El Salvador and would like to hand the Flag of our Organization. I wish El Salvador a successful chairmanship of our Community of Democracies

I declare hereby the Seventh Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies closed.

Thank you very much.