ADDRESS BY MR. ZORAN SAMI, HEAD OF DELEGATION OF THE STATE
UNION SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me, first of all, to greet all of you on behalf of
the State Union Serbia and Montenegro, to and wish the successful work to
all of us during this important conference. At the same time, I would also
like to offer my special thanks to the host who has shown during this brief
period all the traits of the well-known Tunisian hospitality.
History teaches us that the foundation stone of each
civilization is Čknowledge. During the times when a man forgot the knowledge
of his predecessors, the civilization regressed, and those were the times of
distress and suffering. On the other hand, at times when the man returned to
his natural curiosity and desire for knowledge, those were the times of the
progress of civilization. Let us remember the Ancient Greece, Renaissance,
development high technology of the second half of the twentieth century.
When we discuss the Information Society today, at the
beginning of the third millennium, we actually try to provide the right to
knowledge for every man. It is necessary since only in that way we can
secure the possibility for the civilization to give, in that way, another
chance to the mankind.
Serbia and Montenegro being a democratic state and the
state that abides by the rule of law, maintains the continued commitment to
observe all the international norms and documents: starting from the
fundamental ones, like respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity
of every state and observance of human rights and liberties, to respect of
the rule of law in international and state affairs. Therefore, we are quite
ready to accept all the obligations in building of the information society
and to give, like we did so far, our contribution to the development of
human thought and knowledge.
I would like to underline that in this field we must be
guided by the principle of equal standards for everybody. Accepting the
double standards policy in any matter Čas- the history teaches-is a
dangerous undertaking with, as a rule, a bad conclusion.
Dear friends, allow me in the end to express my deep
conviction that if we are reasonable and wise and have a vision, we will
succeed in building the happier world, worthy of the 21st century.