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SERBIAN CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE OSCE 2015

Final address by His Excellency Mr. Ivica Dačić, former Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting - Belgrade, 04 December 2015

Dear visitors,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations in Vienna.

Our task is to present and promote the interests of the Republic of Serbia in the OSCE and other international organizations including the United Nations Office in Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UNIDO, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and other.

After a successful Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2015 we will continue with our active participation in the Organization.

On this website, you will be able to find important information regarding our activities.

On our part, we will be ready to answer all the questions concerning our work in Vienna.

Thank you for your kind interest.

Ambassador

Roksanda Ninčić

Head of the Permanent Mission and

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia

 

Photographic presentation of Serbia, author Dragoljub Zamurović

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Minister Dacic participates in the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Bratislava, 5-6 December 2019

Statement By First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić at the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council Bratislava, 5-6 December 2019

 

Dear Mr. Chairman,

Minister Lajčak,

Excellencies, Dear colleagues,

Ladies and gentleman,

One more year in succession is coming to an end, a year in which our Organization faced serious and accumulated problems. Despite the tireless efforts made by the Slovak and previous Chairmanships to engage participating States in a meaningful dialogue resulting in the strengthened Organization and its efficient performance, thus increasing stability in the OSCE area, this goal is still a long way off while the "Organization dynamics", let me quote Chairman Lajčak, is not what we want it to be. A good point of departure in finding a way out of this complicated situation would be for the participating States to recognize that we do not all necessarily need to share the same views on the current issues and challenges but that we need to respect our differences, demonstrate openness in approaching dialogue in good faith and seek a compromise in eliminating or at least in reducing security risks. We must not give up diplomacy because that would open the door to conflicts.

The coming year is symbolic for several reasons. We will commemorate the 75th anniversary since the end of WWII, the lessons of which must not be forgotten. Representing a country which has suffered enormous loss of life in fighting Nazism, special responsibility and commitment lies with me to emphasize that the horrors of WWII must not be repeated ever again, in any shape or form. Therefore, it is the moral duty of all of us to fight together against any attempt at relativizing WWII developments, which is unfortunately taking place even today, in the OSCE area.

In that context, the Republic of Serbia welcomes, in particular, the endorsement of the Ministerial Declaration marking the 75th anniversary since the end of WWII, which it co-sponsored.

Next year, we will also celebrate the adoption of the most important OSCE documents which not only laid the foundations of our Organization but consolidated the international order created in the post-WWII period. In addition to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary since the adoption of the Charter for European Security, next year will also mark 45 years since the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act which defined 10 core principles governing relations between the participating States, such as equality between States, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, inviolability of internationally recognized borders, resolution of all disputes peacefully and through mutually acceptable solutions.

I would like to briefly reflect upon the situation in the Western Balkans as well, since the countries of the region are currently bitterly disappointed not only over the slowed pace of, but a stalemate in, the EU accession process. Such a situation sends a negative message to these countries, while providing a fertile ground for the rise of radicalization and the strengthening of unilateralism in resolving common problems.

I strongly believe that only through compromise, flexibility and a readiness to appreciate the interests of others, in addition to one's own only, can we reach sustainable solutions for problems facing the region.

Despite such an approach applied by the Republic of Serbia, I have to say that the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue has been deadlocked for over a year. The Pristina politicians and their irresponsible, unilateral moves like imposing 100% tariffs on goods originating from central Serbia, have not only jeopardized the survival and rights of the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija, but also made it impossible to reach a compromise and sustainable solution that no side would perceive as their win or loss. With a view to reaching this kind of solution, Serbia expects the international community to exercise its influence on the new administration in Pristina and have them revoke this unilateral measure and return to the dialogue in good faith, as the only way to resolve problems existing in the Province.

Thank you!


Ambassador Filipovic and Major-General Mojsilovic at the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference

Delegation of the Republic of Serbia, led by acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Security Policies Ambassador Branimir Filipovic and Assistant Minister of Defense in charge of Defense Policy Major-General Mojsilovic, participated in the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, held 26-28th June, in Vienna.


This Conference is held every year, in line with the Decision of the OSCE Ministerial Council from December 2002, and represents the most important gathering of the OSCE in the Politico-Military Dimension.


During the three-day engagement, several topics of European security have been discussed and participants exchanged views regarding key security challenges and contributions of the OSCE in dealing with these issues. Special sessions were organized dedicated to ensuring stability in the OSCE region in the context of the situation in Ukraine; developing security and trust in the OSCE, structural dialogue; managing crises and post-conflict rehabilitation, arms control and challenges related to migrations and transnational threats.

Ambassador Filipovic and General Mojsilovic participated and delivered statements during the Opening Session and in sessions dedicated to structural dialogue, arms control and challenges related to migration and transnational threats, in particular terrorism.


Role of Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control in building confidence in Western Balkans

 

The achievements of the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control were discussed in the meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation on 25 October 2017 in Vienna. The Agreement has served as a framework for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia to engage with each other to promote peace and stability in the region.

 

Branimir Filipović, Assistant Minister for Security Policy in Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that the Agreement is “a strong contributing factor in the context of the consolidation of reconciliation, security and stability in the region”. He also added that it represents “a successful model of post-conflict rehabilitation, prominent as one applicable to other regions in conflict resolution, on condition that the parties involved in a particular process show readiness to engage in its implementation”.

 

Filipović said that achievements under the arms control regime are due, first of all, to the political will of the Parties to reach the goals defined in the Agreement. He also highlighted the significant role played by the OSCE and the support provided by the Contact Group countries, the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. These countries, which share the status of verifier, continue to monitor the Agreement’s implementation.

 

The framework for negotiating the Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control, signed in 1996, was provided by the Article IV, Annex 1-B of the Dayton Peace Accord. Hence it is also known as the Article IV Agreement. The Agreement’s core terms consist in the consent to limit arms for five categories of armaments including tanks, artillery guns (exceeding 75 mm calibre), armoured vehicles, fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.





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