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OSCE states adopt strengthening plan. The 56 OSCE countries gathered for their first summit in Kazakhstan after 11 years this week, adopting an action plan to strengthen the organization. The plan, called the “Astana Commemorative Declaration” asserts, “the security of each participating State is inseparably linked to that of all the others. Each participating OSCE State (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) has an equal right to security.” Whilst each country is free to choose or change security arrangements and treaties of alliance as they evolve, “each State also has the right to neutrality. Each participating State will respect the rights of all others in these regards. They will not strengthen their security at the expense of the security of other States.”

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OSCE states adopt strengthening plan

Published on Friday, 3rd December, 2010 at 21:48 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.
Last Updated on 3rd December 2010 at 21:59.

The 56 OSCE countries gathered for their first summit in Kazakhstan after 11 years this week, adopting an action plan to strengthen the organization.

Heads of State and Government at OSCE Summit
Heads of State and Government at OSCE Summit
Photo: OSCE/Vladimir Trofimchuk


The plan, called the “Astana Commemorative Declaration” asserts, “the security of each participating State is inseparably linked to that of all the others. Each participating OSCE State (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) has an equal right to security.”

Whilst each country is free to choose or change security arrangements and treaties of alliance as they evolve, “each State also has the right to neutrality. Each participating State will respect the rights of all others in these regards. They will not strengthen their security at the expense of the security of other States.”

As well as security, the “Astana Commemorative Declaration: Towards a Security Community” reaffirms the principle of human rights.

“Convinced that the inherent dignity of the individual is at the core of comprehensive security, we reiterate that human rights and fundamental freedoms are inalienable, and that their protection and promotion is our first responsibility,”

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre was also present in Astana. Kazakhstan took over the OSCE Chair from Norway at the beginning of this year.

The Foreign Minister urged OSCE states to uphold the strength of the organization.

“Our duty is to preserve the strengths of the OSCE while we move forward to face new challenges. New threats have emerged. Partnerships and cooperation with emerging powers, like China and India, are being developed. The OSCE is uniquely placed in this new context,” he said in his opening statement.

He stated a comprehensive security concept cannot be provided without respecting the freedom of assembly, expression, religion or belief.

Foreign Minister Støre also spoke about combating international terrorism and organized crime, saying that Norway is proud to be one of the major contributors to the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The College trains border control staff from participating OSCE states how to handle the challenges of “terrorism, transnational organized crime, illegal migration and illicit trafficking in nuclear, biological, chemical and conventional weapons, as well as trafficking of human beings, drugs and hazardous waste.”

In closing, Norway’s Foreign Minister highlighted the importance of effective arms control.

“Europe needs to further develop and modernise arms control in order to improve security, stability and predictability for us all,” he said.





Published on Friday, 3rd December, 2010 at 21:48 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.
Last updated on 3rd December 2010 at 21:59.

This post has the following tags: osce, astana, declaration, kazakhstan, summit, border, management, staff, college, dushanbe, tajikistan, jonas, gahr, stoere.





  
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