The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, offered a copy of the Book of Disquiet, by Fernando Pessoa, to the Peace Library, a symbolic initiative on the fringes of the Paris Peace Forum.
“The problem that justifies the lack of peace in the world is the unrest, the unrest of the people and the states. In international dialogue, restlessness has a good side, which is a worry, but it has a bad side if there is no answer,” he explained. the Portuguese President.
“And it’s the lack of response to the unrest that has led to unilateralist, sometimes isolationist, positions that are the opposite of peacebuilding,” he added.
Marcelo, who spoke to journalists after an open class with students in which he defended multilateralism, considered this resurgence of isolationism “a setback”, after “decades of building multilateralism”, of which Portugal is “an example”, as they illustrate. the choices made by António Guterres for UN Secretary-General and António Vitorino as director-general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
“Putting that away is crazy, does not solve any problem and creates additional problems,” he said.
The Paris Peace Forum, which concludes celebrations of the centenary of the Armistice, brought together 60 heads of state and 30 international organizations to discuss ideas for global security.