Meeting with high-ranking officials of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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The OSCE can count on Belarus as a donor of security in the European region, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting with the high-ranking officials of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 5 July.

“You are aware of our potential. You can always count on us, especially as far as the donation of security in the European region is concerned,” the head of state said. He remarked that there are conflicts in such regions as Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria. “These are very important regions where we should sort out things in a European, civilized manner,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

“We have already discussed many issues of pan-European security, other issues included in the OSCE agenda with you. These issues remain important. This importance is even enhancing,” the President stressed.

He said that the processes of illegal migration, drug transit, human trafficking, illegal transportation of radioactive elements and other problems are escalating and becoming more dangerous. “Perhaps, they are less in the spotlight than illegal migration now. But if we neglect these problems, there will be a terrible outburst in the near future,” the head of state added.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Belarus has always been an active participant of the OSCE PA’s activities. After the meeting in Minsk our country is going to take a more active part in the parliamentary dimension of the organization and in the OSCE in general.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stated: “The OSCE is unique. I am confident that the organization should respond to acute situations in our region and it should do that at the highest level, the level of heads of state. But look how many negative things have happened in Europe recently. What was our response? The response of the heads of state? There was none. A war is going on in Europe and there is no response. It means that our organization has problems.”

The Belarusian leader stressed: “Problems need to be resolved at the very start just like illnesses should be treated at the very beginning. If we let the process develop, you know what it can lead to. It is necessary to respond to such conflicts and respond seriously. The matter of the OSCE reform for the sake of making the organization more efficient and decisive is getting more and more important these days.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that OSCE parliamentarians regularly hold sessions and discuss problems within their power. “I would like the parliamentarians to nudge us towards discussing these burning issues, too,” he said.

“It is extremely necessary for the OSCE heads of state to meet up and discuss very important and serious problems. I’d be very grateful if the matter is given due consideration during the Minsk session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. I think our region will benefit from it,” added the Belarus President.