Multilateral cooperation is the only way to achieve peace, security and stability, and there is no alternative to it, Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told the United Nations Security Council today, underscoring the work of his country in its role as the Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). This was reported on the UN News Centre web-site.
‘Austrian chairmanship will seek to contribute to defusing existing conflicts, create a platform to assists States in their efforts to combat radicalization and violent extremism, and help rebuild trust between the OSCE States,” he said.
On the crisis in and around Ukraine, he said the OSCE has demonstrated its crucial role in brokering a ceasefire and its special monitoring mission has helped prevent a worsening of the situation. However, support is need to increase the number of monitors on the ground, improve the technical equipment for monitoring and extend the operating hours along the contact line between Government and non-Government armed forces, Sebastian Kurz said.
Earlier it was reported that Yelchenko called OSCE to pay closer attention to human rights observance in Crimea. “Instead of fulfilling Minsk agreements, Russia is putting political pressure,” Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations added.