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FM Baconschi says can detect ‘OSCE decline’

Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said yesterday the he is detecting a decline in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and some sort of “disinterest” in member states, according to Agerpres. During a conference called “OSCE from Helsinki until present day: accomplishments and perspectives,” held in Bucharest, the minister said member states declare their intention of cooperating, but in fact “it’s a battle for member states’ resources, for control over organisations.” The event was also attended by several diplomats, former ministers and presidential aide Catalin Avramescu, who transmitted President Traian Basescu’s message on the 35th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. In the message, Basescu said the Helsinki Conference paved the way to a new period of prosperity and peaceful transformation of Europe, offering new opportunities for eastern European countries.

Meanwhile yesterday, OSCE kicked off the High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination in Astana, Kazakhstan, the country that holds the organisation’s presidency. Sharing positive experiences and best practices in promoting tolerance and non-discrimination to effectively face threats to stability in the OSCE area is the main focus of the conference. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed the urgent need to reinforce dialogue between cultures, civilisations and religions in his opening address.

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