Conflict and stability discussed by foreign ministers

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Conflict and stability discussed by foreign ministers

10. 07. 2019 14:57

How to guarantee stability both within Europe and beyond its borders, and how to draw lessons from past conflicts and choose ways of preventing them - these issues were high on the agenda of plenary talks that took place on Tuesday at an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers from Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) countries. The meeting was held in Štrbské Pleso (Presov region) in the High Tatra mountains, and was hosted by Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, who's also the OSCE chairperson-in-Office. Twenty foreign affairs ministers attended the meeting including Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as the Hungarian and Czech ministers, Péter Szijjártó and Tomáš Petříček. Altogether over 300 delegates were gathered in the High Tatras.

As the talks began, Lajčák stressed the current deteriorating conditions in the realm of international security: "The current security climate at both the regional and global level is insecure. Confidence is fading. Many structures and platforms that we've been building for decades are under stress," he said. He summarised the three main messages he wanted to bring to the event as follows: "First, all the tools we need are available to us, but we lack the political will to use them correctly. Secondly, the multilateral architecture is comprehensive and changing, and we must review the OSCE's role in it. Thirdly, people in conflict locations are watching us and expecting solutions from us." He added that the most important role in this is played by conflict prevention, as it "saves lives and money." The results of the meeting will serve as a basis for the annual meeting of the OSCE's Ministerial Council due to take place in Slovakia in December.

Jonathan McCormick, Photo: TASR

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