Chairman-in-Office Believes in OSCE’s Future
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 Dec / Trend corr. E.Ostapenko/ The OSCE Chairman-in-Office Alexander Stubb believes the joint efforts of OSCE countries will solve the ongoing conflicts in the world.
"It [war in Georgia] is something I never want to see again," said Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, according to OSCE.
"It was the first time in my life that I saw war close up and this already gives me enough faith that we are here to try to solve these kinds of conflicts" he said.
Foreign Ministers of 50 OSCE countries have gathered today at a 2-day meeting in Helsinki to discuss the ways to prevent conflicts similar to the August armed confrontation in South Ossetia.
He called on participants to help renew and refresh the OSCE to respond to the challenges of today.
"I hope as Chairman-in-Office that, at the end of the day, we come out with a reinvigorated, stronger OSCE," Stubb said.
OSCE Chairman-in-Office firmly believes that those principles that were created in Helsinki in 1975 are still very valid.
He called on participants to take existing OSCE agreements into account.
"Let's stick to our work on democracy, human rights and the rule of law," Stubb said.
New measures to ensure security in Europe, that were suggested by Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev, will be one of the key issues under discussion at the Helsinki meeting.
Stubb told the foreign ministers he looked forward to discussions on proposals to review Euro-Atlantic security under the auspices of the OSCE.
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