On 6–7 December 2018 in Milan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will take part in the 25th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organised by the Italian OCSE Chairmanship.
The meeting will feature the exchange of views on the conflict in Ukraine, upholding commitments and return to a rules-based European security order. Security-related, politico-military, human rights and fundamental freedoms, economic and environmental topic are to be discussed and decisions taken concerning all three OSCE dimensions: politico-military, economic and environmental.
Edgars Rinkēvičs will deliver a speech highlighting the OSCE’s role in addressing the Ukrainian crisis, the need for safeguarding the fundamental principles and values of the organisation, as well as current developments in the Sea of Azov, and the OSCE human dimension.
During the OSCE Ministerial Council, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in an event organised by Ukraine and titled “The problem of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov”.
The Ministerial Council is the central decision-making and governing body of the OSCE. The meeting, held annually, provides the Foreign Ministers of the 57 OSCE participating States with an opportunity to review and assess the Organization’s activities and ascertain the national positions of the participating States on security and cooperation issues.
The previous meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, chaired by Austria, took place in Vienna in 2017. Next year, the chairmanship will be taken over by Slovakia.