24th OSCE Ministerial Council: San Marino intervenes in support of the Organization's activities

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, spoke this morning at the Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, at the Imperial Palace.

In recalling this year’s priorities, namely defusing conflicts, re-establishing trust and fighting radicalisation, Minister Renzi urged the Organization’s member States to renew their commitment in the different fields of action of the OSCE. Cooperation and dialogue - said Renzi – feed on trust among participating States and between them and the Organization and lead to shared solutions, in accordance with the rules of international law. Dialogue and joint action must be the main drivers to increase security in Europe and give the Organization the strength and capability necessary to play an incisive role in the European scenario.

Minister Renzi recalled that close cooperation is essential to prevent the radicalisation of young people. The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, in all their forms and expressions, is the necessary condition for a pluralistic society, which is open to minorities and differences.

Renzi also mentioned the common commitment among States in the field of environment. Indeed, transnational cooperation must also cover the management of natural resources in the European region, as an active contribution to global peace and security.

The 24th OSCE Ministerial Council gathered in Vienna over 40 Foreign Ministers and other high officials from the 57 OSCE participating States and the 11 partners for co-operation, as the well as representatives of international organizations. At the end of the plenary meeting, Minister Renzi met with his colleagues from the Russian Federation and Malta and had a brief talk with Minister Alfano and the new Swiss Foreign Minister, Ignazio Cassis. The intention of Switzerland and San Marino to cooperate has been confirmed on this occasion.

Once again, the OSCE has turned out to be a privileged multilateral forum to address the multiple causes of instability in the European region and to promote security in the area. The various sessions organised during the day focused on existing conflicts and common challenges: re-establishing trust and dialogue, strengthening of security and arms control, terrorism, radicalisation, fundamental freedoms, human rights, with particular emphasis on the fight against trafficking in human beings, including children, women's role, management of natural resources and cyber-security.

The Ministerial Council in Vienna will also adopt the decisions for future actions. Italy's Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2018 and that of Slovakia in 2019 will also be confirmed.

San Marino, 7 December 2017



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