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Ruslan Kazakbaev: OSCE is losing relevance as a platform for open dialogue

«The OSCE is losing its relevance as a platform for open and equal dialogue due to the decreasing role of the organization in ensuring stability and leveling conflict situations,» the Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Ruslan Kazakbaev, said at an informal meeting ahead of the 28th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council.

In his opinion, one of the «fundamental problematic aspects of the organization is the crisis of trust between its members.» «The issues of fulfillment of commitments by the participating states within the OSCE are used in some cases for political purposes by some states against others. These circumstances only exacerbate the contradictions within the organization and damage its authority in the international scene,» the minister said.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic said that only by mutually respecting and observing the principles set forth in the main OSCE documents, namely, sovereign equality, territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes, non-interference in internal affairs, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, equality and the right of peoples to decide their own destiny, the organization «will be able to unite and take a step forward towards supporting the concept of comprehensive security and ensuring that participants fulfill their obligations.»

Ruslan Kazakbaev stressed that all problems and challenges in the OSCE region should be resolved through the development of constructive dialogue and on the basis of consensus, which will require good political will from all member states.