Supportive Statements on Georgia at OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava

Supportive Statements were made on Georgia at OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava.

As Matti Anttonen, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, stated, Russia should fulfill its obligation under the EU mediated fire agreement of August 2018.

Recently we have witnessed the deterioration of the security situation along the administrative border, boundary line with South Ossetia region of Georgia.

We urge all relevance actors to refrain from actions that could escalate the situation.

We call on Russia to fulfill its obligation under the EU mediated fire agreement of August 2018, Matti Anttonen said.

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, said, OSCE can play a bigger role in conflict resolution in Georgia if the participating countries have the opportunity.

OSCE platform is very important because we need to be able to conduct a dialogue.

There will be trust and security through dialogue. Now, this is more important than ever.

OSCE will have to do much more to engage in conflict resolution and avoid new conflicts, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide pointed out.

Philip T. Reeker, acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs stressed that the reason for the conflicts in Europe is one of the OSCE participating States that has been violating the principles of the Organization for decades, and that is Russia.

Russian military forces still remain in the occupied regions of Georgia. We need to do more to find ways to bring peace to the whole region, Philip T. Reeker said.

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, noted that people in the occupied territories of Georgia live in a reality when the fundamental freedom is restricted, including free movement.

To be honest, I don’t have any magic formula for how to resolve these crises and conflicts. However, I believe that OSCE’s efforts to de-escalate tensions and launch new dialogues are invaluable.

OSCE will be the first organization to present concrete ways for peace, Miroslav Lajcak noted.

A total of 70 official delegations comprising more than 1,500 politicians, diplomats, and experts, will take part in the OSCE Ministerial Council in Bratislava, Slovakia, on December 5-6, 2019.

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