“Some of the threats and challenges facing us today have persisted from that time; others are emerging in new or evolving forms. People continue to suffer from conflicts and crises,” he said.
Lajčák stressed that mistrust and divergent security perceptions serve to exacerbate vulnerabilities and risks. “Against this backdrop, violations of international law and failures to implement our commonly agreed principles and commitments represent the most fundamental security challenge of all,” he added.
As the most inclusive and comprehensive regional security organization in the world, which continues to provide a unique forum for open dialogue, preventing and settling conflicts, building mutual understanding, and fostering co-operation, the OSCE, has stood the test of time, Lajčák believes.
“I recognize that the Organization has at its core a comprehensive set of norms, principles and commitments, and also has practical instruments, tools and mechanisms, which continue to adapt and evolve, at its disposal. The OSCE’s principles and commitments are not open for re-negotiation and must remain at the core of our work to prevent conflict and foster stability for people throughout the OSCE area. We must, however, ensure that our rich toolbox, as well as strong commitments, are used towards effective results for all,” he said.
The 26th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) kicked off in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event is held at the invitation of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Slovak Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák.
An Azerbaijani delegation led by Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is attending the meeting.