Foreign Minister Comanescu takes part in OSCE Ministerial Council, argues in favour of deepening OSCE role in tackling the transnational challenges

Romanian Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu took part in the 22nd meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held in Belgrade on Thursday, the ministry said in a release to Agerpres.

 During the meeting, the Romanian minister and his OSCE counterparts debated the prospects facing European security, with emphasis on the impact of the Ukraine conflict and highlighted the transnational threats to European security, especially the terrorist threat.

 Comanescu delivered several key messages in his address to the plenary sitting, laying stress on reconfirming the support for Ukraine; boosting the OSCE action on settling the prolonged conflicts, particularly the one in the Republic of Moldova; underlining the need of the full implementation of the commitments made by the OSCE Participating States on all three dimensions of the Organization (political-military, economic and environmental, human); backing the proper functioning of the OSCE mechanisms and autonomous institutions, the foreign ministry said.

 The Romanian top diplomat argued in favour of deepening the OSCE role in tackling the transnational challenges, with emphasis on combating terrorism and on the migration phenomenon, according to the relevant OSCE commitments.

 “The implementation of the commitments, having the comprehensive security concept at its basis remains crucial to the entire OSCE space… Our efforts should target the full implementation of the fundamental principles, not their reinterpretation. We must not waver in approaching the fields on which it is difficult to reach a consensus – conflict settlement, the human dimension, weapons control and confidence- and security building measures – but we must seek to identify solutions based on the existing principles”, Comanescu said in his address to the Belgrade gathering, according to the release.


Romania, solidary with France, engaged in the fight against terrorism


 Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu on Thursday met State Secretary for European Affairs with France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Harlem Desir to reiterate Romania’s solidarity with France in the wake of the November 13 terror attacks in Paris as well as its engagement in the fight against terror.

The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) reports in a press statement that discussed at the meeting of the two officials in Belgrade, on the side-lines of a ministerial council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were aspects of the strategic partnership between Romania and France.

Comanescu and Desir also exchanged opinions on the latest developments in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, with Comanescu reaffirming support for the European journey of Moldova.

The Romanian foreign minister voiced satisfaction over the excellent level of Romania’s relationship with France as part of their strategic partnership and agreed with Desir to deepen consultations on the Eastern Neighbourhood, says MAE.




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