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Minister of foreign affairs Bogdan Aurescu meets OSCE secretary general Thomas Greminger

Press release

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu held a bilateral meeting with Thomas Greminger, secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Vienna, on February 10, 2020.

The two officials addressed a wide range of issues on the Organization's agenda, including the persistence of frozen conflicts in the Black Sea region and the erosion of the conventional arms control regime, namely the need for reforming OSCE.

In this context, Bogdan Aurescu reaffirmed Romania's strong support for the efforts of solving the Ukraine crisis, including through the active participation of Romania, with one of the largest national contingents, within the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in this country.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu also referred to the dynamics of the settlement process of the Transnistrian conflict and pleaded for a balanced approach on the components of the 5 + 2 format negotiation agenda. On this occasion, he reiterated Romania's known position - that the conflict resolution must respect the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, without affecting its pro-European vector.

Regarding the political-military dimension of the organization, the Romanian diplomat emphasized that the full implementation of the principles and commitments assumed by the participating states represents a means of guaranteeing security and of strengthening stability, military transparency and predictability in the OSCE space. In this regard, he pleaded for the modernization of the Vienna Document.

During the discussion, minister Bogdan Aurescu underlined the need of increasing the presence of Romanian experts in leading positions within the Organization.

The secretary general of the OSCE thanked the Romanian minister of foreign Affairs for Romania’s constant and constructive support of the Organization and for the involvement in finding solutions to the problems facing the OSCE, as well as for participating in key missions, such as the one in Ukraine.