Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Calls On Osce Members To Take Security Dialogue Forward

On 16-17 July at the informal ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Almaty, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis encouraged OSCE members to take dialogue on European and Eurasian security forward.

“We have to continue the Corfu Process and proceed with open discussions concerning the most difficult problems of our common security,” the Minister said.

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Dialogue on European and Eurasian security, also known as Corfu Process, was launched at the informal meeting of OSCE foreign ministers on the Greek island of Corfu on 27-28 June 2009. The aim of Corfu is to discuss the future of European security.

In Almaty, foreign ministers also discussed key challenges in the OSCE space and the role of the organization when dealing with current challenges, as well as Kazakhstan’s proposal to organize an OSCE summit.

Minister A.Ažubalis noted that at this informal ministerial meeting a decision had to be taken on an ambitious action plan, which would define ways to solve security problems in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian space, and would provide the organization, its Chairman-in-Office and institutions with strong tools for action.

On 16 July, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, as future OSCE Chairman-in-Office for 2011, attended the OSCE troika meeting, which focused on the situation in Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE summit. Kazakhstan has made a suggestion, that Astana could be the location of the next OSCE summit this year.

The troika also includes the current Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship and Greece, which held the OSCE Chairmanship in 2009.

In Almaty, Minister A.Ažubalis also held meetings with foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the United Kingdom, Deputy Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, and President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The meetings focused on security challenges in the region, stabilizing the situation in Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania’s activities as an upcoming OSCE Chairmanship in 2011, the OSCE Summit and its agenda, and on the development of bilateral relations. The Minister plans to visit all the Central Asian countries next year.

At the meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister A.Ažubalis discussed the OSCE agenda and transnational threats to security in the OSCE space. When discussing bilateral issues, the Ministers highlighted the initiative of Prime Ministers Andrius Kubilius and Vladimir Putin to organize a Trust Forum of the two countries. The Russian side expects a specific proposal from Lithuania. Minister A.Ažubalis informed about his intentions to visit major capitals, including Moscow, in the beginning of Lithuania’s OSCE Chairmanship. Minister S.Lavrov agreed that it would be purposeful.

From Kazakhstan the Minister travels to Kabul, where he will attend international donors’ conference on Afghanistan on 20 July.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania