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OSCE risks sliding into oblivion due to inaction

    19 January 2021 Tuesday

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said that the OSCE risks sinking into oblivion as an organization that is not able to effectively address modern security challenges.

    To avoid this, the OSCE should be more decisive in finding solutions to current and future crises, Klimkin said at the 21st OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in the Swiss city of Basel on Thursday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

    "The organization should take more decisive steps to determine solutions aimed at giving an effective response to the challenges and threats that arise. Otherwise there is a danger that the OSCE will slip into oblivion as a body that will not matter," Klimkin said.

    He also recalled the Budapest Memorandum, which was signed on December 5 and the trust in which was destroyed by Russia. Klimkin said that a similar fate awaits one of the basic documents of the OSCE, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, if respective steps are not taken.

    He also said that the OSCE instruments used to resolve the crisis in Ukraine were limited.

    "If the OSCE shows itself as an organization that is capable of effectively responding to modern challenges, then progress is needed in a number of areas," he said.

    In this context, Klimkin, in particular, stressed the importance of restoring confidence between OSCE participating states, confirming respect for international law and internationally recognized borders, strengthening the OSCE's role in conflict prevention, uniting efforts in the fight against propaganda and strengthening the OSCE mechanisms to protect human rights.

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