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Slobodník at the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of adopting the Helsinki Final Act

Slobodník at the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of adopting the Helsinki Final Act

10.7.2015 | Aktivity ministerstva | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Igor Slobodník attended celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, which has become the founding document of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) today (10 July). The representatives of the 57 participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a direct successor of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), met in the historic congress center Finlandia Hall, where the Helsinki Final Act was signed on 1 August 1975.

They commemorated the 40-year history of the dialogue “From Vancouver to Vladivostok", “the Helsinki Spirit”, the fundamental principles of the European security architecture and, within the following informal negotiation, they tried to outline the direction of the organization for the period ahead. Preserving peace and stability in Europe remains a joint task. Thus, they called for a diplomatic resolution of the Ukrainian crisis and meeting the Minsk agreements by both parties involved in the conflict, and also highlighted the need to pay attention to resolving the frozen conflicts in the OSCE area. Mutual cooperation and dialogue represent the core idea and the strength of the organization – if applied in good faith. It’s necessary to restore trust among the participating countries based on the Helsinki Final Act principles and values and avoid a repeat of the division of the continent. In this regard, several delegations expressed regrets over the decision of the Russian Federation not to participate in the event at the political level.

In his address, State Secretary Slobodník stressed the need for consolidated efforts of the participating states to reinforce mutual cooperation, and warned against an unequal split of the political will in the search for resolving the conflict in Ukraine through talks. “The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which must justify its existence when resolving the crisis in Ukraine, deserves more attention by the politicians in the capital cities, as well as the will to agree and appropriate resources,” he said. He appreciated the OSCE activities in Ukraine and endorsed strengthening its mandate in terms of the peacekeeping operation. He asked for reinforcing the cooperation of the OSCE and other international organizations like the Council of Europe, EU and UN in the quest for Ukrainian conflict resolution.