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The participation of the Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu at the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the OSCE

Type: 
Press release
Date: 
12/07/18

Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu participated on 6-7 December 2018 at the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the OSCE, which took place in Milan.

During his intervention, the Romanian official expressed the concern related to the deterioration of the security context at European level, marked by the conflict in Ukraine, the persistence of the frozen conflicts in the Black Sea region and the erosion of the control system for conventional weapons.

Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu reaffirmed Romania’s solid support for the efforts to settle the crisis in Ukraine, including through the active participation in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. At the same time, he reiterated the support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as the concern related to the current developments in the Black Sea/Sea of Azov, conveying a firm message concerning the importance of the respect for the international law,  the de-escalation of the situation and the need to return the Ukrainian ships and seafarers.

The Romanian official pleaded for the speeding-up of the efforts to settle all prolonged conflicts in the OSCE area and the maintenance of  this as one of the priorities of the organization.

The Secretary of State referred to the dynamics of the process to regulate the Transnistrian (Transdniester) dossier and pleaded for a balanced approach, which should empower parties with a view to achieving progress related to all the components of the negotiation agenda in the format 5+2.

Regarding the political and military dimension of the organization, the Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu highlighted that the full-fledged implementation of the principles and commitments taken by the participating states represents a means to safeguard security and to strengthen the stability, the military transparency and predictability in the OSCE area. To this effect, he pleaded for an upgrading of the Vienna Document.

In the context of Romania’s taking over the rotational Presidency of the Council of the European Union as of 1 January 2019, the Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu expressed the openness for a close cooperation with the future Slovak Presidency in exercise of the OSCE, to ensure synergies in fields and areas relevant for both organizations.

The Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu also had a series of bilateral meetings with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kairat  Abdrakhmanov, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Sirodjidin Muhriddin and with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kirghizstan, Cingiz Azamatovici Aidarbekov, in the sidelines of the 25th meeting of the Ministerial Council of OSCE, organized in Milan, in which context the prospects of strengthening Romania’s cooperation with the countries in Central Asia were also tackled. At the same time, the meetings with the three officials provided an opportunity for a deep exchange of opinions concerning the stage of the main developments in the three countries in Central Asia, including in the context of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the EU Council, on 1 January 2019, which will coincide with the launch of the EU reviewed strategy for the Central Asia.

The Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu also had a short meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, and used this opportunity to reiterate the importance of identifying a solution with respect to the issue of the Law on Education.