ForMin Melescanu endorses in Mauerbach informal meeting strengthening OSCE's role as European security foundation

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Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu on Tuesday, in the informal meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) participating states, organised in Austria, in Mauerbach, said that OSCE's role as European security foundation must be strengthened.

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"In approaching the OSCE agenda and the security challenges, observing the fundamental principles and the commitments assumed are elements at the basis of the European security architecture," Melescanu said, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release sent to AGERPRES.

In his intervention during the Building Trust through Dialogue and Co-operation plenary session, the Romanian minister "endorsed strengthening OSCE's role as European security foundation, solving the existing conflicts, preventing violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terror," the release highlights.

The Romanian dignitary underscored that, for Romania, solving the conflict in the Republic of Moldova remains a major priority, reiterating the support for the negotiations in the "5+2" format, as sole framework guaranteeing the transparency and legitimacy of a sustainable solution based on the full observance of Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to the internationally-agreed principles, including inside the OSCE, MAE mentions.

The Romanian chief diplomat also participated, on this occasion, in the Structured Dialogue on security working session, underscoring that the start in approaching the OSCE agenda and the security challenges should be done by reiterating the importance of observing the fundamental principles and the commitments assumed, elements at the basis of the European security architecture, the MAE release mentions.

The Foreign Minister got involved in the dialogue on the election of the new OSCE Secretary General, as well as that of the heads of autonomous institutions in the area of human rights. In the ministerial meeting of Mauerbach there was shaped up the perspective of agreement on this topic, with real chances for adopting a final decision shortly.

On the sidelines of the informal meeting in Mauerbach, Minister Teodor Melescanu had meetings with counterparts of several OSCE participating states, among which the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and the UK, the release also says. AGERPRES (RO — editor: Marius Fratila, EN — author: Adina Panaitescu, editor: Rodica Ionita)

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