Thursday, December 11, 2008

Romania: Attendance of Minister Lazar Comanescu to the OSCE ministerial meeting

„Romania remains fully engaged in the observance of the fundamental principles and commitments of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)", stated the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lazar Comanescu, in Helsinki, on the occasion of the 16th Ministerial Council of OSCE (December 4-5, 2008).

The Romanian minister has expressed his satisfaction regarding the efforts made by the Finnish Presidency related to the frozen conflicts and his concern regarding the impossibility of finding solutions for these conflicts and especially for the Transnistrian one. In this context, he re-alleged the support granted by Romania for finding a sustainable and complex solution of the Transnistrian conflict by being taken into consideration the observance of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova. "Romania supports further "5+2" negotiation formula as being the sole legitimate negotiation framework for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict", stated the minister Comanescu on this occasion.

Lazar Comanescu has pointed out the importance of keeping the integrality of the regime instituted through the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe as a guarantee of the stability and security in the Euro-Atlantic area. „Romania continues to be concerned by the erosion of the CFE regime", has declared the Romanian minister. „It is undoubtedly that the presence of the foreign troops on the territory of certain States party of the CFE Treaty without their consent has an adverse impact on the climate in the entire region and affects each of our countries. In this context, we would like to renew our call on the Russian Federation to reconsider its position by enforcing again the entire CFE Treaty and by fulfilling all its commitments, contributing in this manner to the strengthening of the security in Europe"", declared the head of the Romanian diplomacy. Romania read during this meeting, on behalf of the NATO Member States, the paragraph concerning the CFE Treaty from the Press Statement of the Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the North-Atlantic Partnership in Brussels, December 2-3, 2008.

The meeting from Helsinki represented the most important moment of the Finnish Presidency mandate which ends on December 31, 2008. In 2009, the presidency shall be held by Greece. The debate focused on the status of the frozen conflicts as well as on the proposals concerning the European Security Architecture.

Among the most important decisions adopted by the 56 attending States, there were the decision to celebrate the 60-year anniversary from the date of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the decision concerning the strengthening of the OSCE role in the implementation of the Action Plans related to the status of Rome and Sinti in OSCE, the decision concerning the Alliance of Civilizations, the decision concerning the legal framework of the Organization, the decision concerning the small arms and light weapons and conventional ammunition stockpiles as well as a statement concerning the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

On the occasion of this meeting in the capital of Finland, the Romanian foreign minister met his counterparts from Republic of Turkmenistan - Rasid Meredov, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sven Alkalaj, Republic of Albania – Lulzim Basha and Montenegro – Milan Rocen, with whom he has discussed the status of the relevant bilateral relations and aspects of regional interest. Lazar Comanescu also met Eva Biaudet, special representative of OSCE and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

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