16:41 08.11.2017

OSCE Ministerial Council to discuss situation in Ukraine in early December

OSCE Ministerial Council to discuss situation in Ukraine in early December

The situation in Ukraine, the settlement of problems in Transdniestria, Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the situation in Georgia, will be the focus of a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna on December 7-8, the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has invited for the meeting the foreign ministers of the OSCE's 57 participating states and 11 partners for cooperation, as well as high-ranking representatives of a range of international organizations.

The Ministerial Council consists of the foreign ministers of the OSCE participating states and is the OSCE's principal decision-making body.

"The meeting is taking place in the context of a fundamental crisis of the European security order, in which our states are confronted with external and internal threats," the report says.

The meeting, the report notes, "offers a framework for high-level multilateral and bilateral discussions among the participating and partner states, to develop common solutions to these common challenges."

The meeting will focus on three priority topics of the Austrian Chairmanship, namely defusing conflicts in the OSCE area – including, in particular, the OSCE's work in Ukraine, Transdniestria, Nagorno-Karabakh and Georgia, fighting violent extremism and radicalization, as well as on efforts to restore trust and confidence in the OSCE area.

In addition, main topics will include migration, terrorism, human rights, rule of law and democracy.

A parallel civil society conference will be held in Vienna on December 5-6.

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