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Foreign Minister Mikser in Hamburg: OSCE’s main task is to find a solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict

08.12.2016

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser spoke today in Hamburg at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe about the role of OSCE in European security, Ukraine, OSCE institutions and arms control.

According to Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, the Russia-Ukraine conflict is the main challenge for European security and stability. “Finding a solution to the conflict has to be OSCE’s first priority,” Mikser said.

The Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. “Monitors have to be ensured full access to the whole conflict area and their security,” he added. Estonia has seven Monitors taking part in the Mission and it also helps to fund it.

The Foreign Minister emphasised in his address that Estonia does not recognise Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and condemns militarisation of the peninsula. “We are deeply concerned about the violations of fundamental rights and the deterioration of the human rights in Crimea,“ Foreign Minister Mikser said.

Talking about long-standing conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia and Moldova, Mikser stressed the need for a continuous effort in finding a peaceful solution.

Mikser also pointed out the role of OSCE institutions and missions in the prevention of possible conflicts and its contribution to democracy-building. “Estonia supports the independence of OSCE institutions and ensuring them enough resources,” he added.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, OSCE also has to maintain focus on arms control, considering that existing mechanisms are implemented selectively or not at all. “We have to strengthen and upgrade instruments of arms control, but it is also important to comply with the existing agreements,” he added.

This year, Germany is the Chair of the OSCE Ministerial Council and the 23rd Ministerial Council takes place from 8-9 December in Hamburg. Next year, Austria will hold the OSCE Chairmanship.

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