Azerbaijan highly values the willingness of Slovakia to take the responsibility for chairing the organization in this period. We support Slovakia’s aim to promote dialogue, trust and stability in the OSCE area.
The remarks were made by Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the OSCE at the meeting of the Permanent Council.
The statement says that existing conflicts in the OSCE area remain the most serious threat to peace and security. “Challenges emanating from these conflicts require consistent efforts aimed at their earliest resolution on the basis of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders of affected participating States,” the statement added.
According to the statement, Azerbaijan welcomes that energy cooperation is one of the priorities of the Slovak Chairmanship in the economic dimension. OSCE Participating States undertook a number of commitments in the economic and environmental dimension.
“We encourage the Slovak Chairmanship to keep the issue of promoting connectivity through transport and trade facilitation high on the agenda of the organization. Azerbaijan expects that discussions within the Economic and Environmental Forum cycle, as well as practical engagement this year will provide ample opportunities for strengthening security in the OSCE area,” the statement continues.
At the end of the statement, the Permanent Mission mentions that Azerbaijan supports the intention of the Slovak Chairmanship to strengthen tolerance and nondiscrimination and to use the OSCE toolbox to prevent radicalization and violent extremism.