The delegation noted that Azerbaijan highly values the willingness of Italy to take the responsibility of chairing the organization at this challenging period.
“We extend our full support to its open, transparent and inclusive approach based on joint ownership of all participating States. Our Italian colleagues can count on active and constructive engagement of the Azerbaijani Delegation in implementing the Chairmanship’s agenda,” the Azerbaijani mission said.
The mission further stressed that Italy takes the helm of the Chairmanship against the backdrop of erosion of rules-based European security order accompanied by increased complexity of threats and challenges.
“At this critical juncture, full adherence to the OSCE principles and commitments by all participating States is the prerequisite to restore the “Spirit of Helsinki” for building an effective pan-European cooperative and indivisible security system,” the mission said.
“Existing conflicts deprives millions of people of their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. Their plight can be effectively addressed only through restoration of justice and rule of law on the basis of full respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states affected by the conflicts. Double standards applied by some states impairs the efforts to achieve peaceful solution of the conflicts,” the mission said, adding that Azerbaijan supports the intention of the Italian Chairmanship to promote meaningful dialogue on matters related to the politico-military dimension.
For that aim, the mission added, the Structured Dialogue needs to be continued in line with its mandate identified in the Hamburg Declaration avoiding any premature narrowing of its scope.
“In this context, we encourage the Italian Chairmanship to ensure that risks and challenges emanating from existing conflicts are adequately taken into account in designing the Structured Dialogue process in 2018,” the mission said.
The Azerbaijani mission also welcomed the intention of the Italian Chairmanship to focus on such topics as development of human capital, promotion of good governance and digital economy, which are also among the priorities of the Government of Azerbaijan.
“We strongly support the focus of the Italian Chairmanship on countering all forms of racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination including those based on religious grounds. Azerbaijan as a strong proponent of multiculturalism and inter-cultural dialogue remains ready to support Chairmanship’s initiatives, in this regard,” the mission concluded.
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