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24 May 2018

Call to gradually expand format of dialogue in OSCE

MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – We need to gradually expand the format of the dialogue within the OSCE, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko said at the international forum “Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All” on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

“The multi-polar world has become a reality. The influence of other, non-European regions has increased. It is necessary to gradually expand the format of dialogue within the OSCE, attract such players as India, Japan and, of course, China ehich thanks to its Belt and Road initiative is gradually becoming a factor in European politics, whether some like it or not,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to him, the need in the like-minded states who are interested in a constructive discussion of the whole complex of problems is now greater than ever.

The president stated that the security crisis, growing confrontation and the almost complete absence of trust the possibilities of diplomacy are considerably limited. They are critically low.

“One of the most effective platforms for dialogue is the OSCE which we need to to support together, if you prefer to revive. Many have forgotten what the OSCE is. We see efforts in this regard of Secretary General Greminger, as well as the current OSCE Italian Presidency. But they will achieve nothing if they act alone. They need the support,” the head of state noted.

Belarus is ready to cooperate with the leadership, executive bodies and institutions of this organization, the Italian Presidency, with all states parties sharing these approaches. “We speak the same language, in the spirit of Helsinki,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The president is convinced that such a dialogue, no matter how much time it might require and whatever forms it might take, will ultimately lead to the development of new constructive relations in the OSCE zone.

“We understand that this work will be difficult, long and will require consolidation of our efforts. We can and must build on the positive experience of the Helsinki process which contributed to the resolution of many international issues. However, we should get rid of illusions and avoid mistakes while developing this process in our region. It does not have to be reproduced automatically,” the Belarusian leader said.

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