Azerbaijan highly values the willingness of Italy to take the responsibility of chairing the OSCE at this challenging period.
The Azerbaijani delegation announced about it in its statement in response to Chairperson-in-Office, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano at the OSCE special Permanent Council meeting in Vienna on January 11.
The statement says that Azerbaijan welcomes the key priority of the Italian Chairmanship to strengthen multilateralism, building upon the history of success of the Organization on the basis of all OSCE principles and commitments.
“We extend our full support to its open, transparent and inclusive approach based on joint ownership of all participating states. Existing conflicts deprive millions of people of their basic human rights and fundamental freedom. Their plight can be effectively addressed only through restoration of justice and rule of law on the basis of full respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states affected by the conflicts. Double standards applied by some states impair the efforts to achieve the peaceful solution of conflicts.”
According to the statement, Azerbaijan supports the intention of the Italian Chairmanship to promote meaningful dialogue on matters related to the politico-military dimension. For that aim, the Structured Dialogue needs to be continued in line with its mandate identified in the Hamburg Declaration avoiding any premature narrowing of its scope.
“We strongly support the focus of the Italian Chairmanship on countering all forms of racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination including those based on religious grounds. Azerbaijan as a strong proponent of multiculturalism and inter-cultural dialogue remains ready to support Chairmanship’s initiatives, in this regard”, says the statement.
Notably, yesterday, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano stated that crisis in and around Ukraine, the protracted conflicts, the security of the Mediterranean region, and the challenges of migration, including combating human trafficking and all forms of xenophobia and discrimination would be among Italy’s OSCE Chairmanship priorities.