“It seems that the risk of war in the OSCE area is now greater than it has ever been in the last 30 years,” Zbigniew Rau, the Polish Foreign Minister, said in Vienna on Thursday. He also announced the involvement of the Polish chairmanship of the organisation in solving security challenges in Eastern Europe.
“We have gathered today in Vienna to enter into another year of work, which has one overarching aim: to bring peace to the people living in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok,” Mr Rau said during his speech at the session of the Permanent Council of the OSCE.
He presented the priorities of the Polish presidency in the organisation and referred to the history of the country, pointing to its experience of resistance to the imperial aspirations of its neighbours.
�� "We have gathered today in Vienna to enter into another year of work, which has one overarching aim: to bring peace to the people, living in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok," said FM @RauZbigniew during his speech inaugurating ���� @OSCE Chairmanship.#OSCE2022POL pic.twitter.com/Meh98fIncz— Polish OSCE Chairmanship 2022 (@PLinOSCE) January 13, 2022
Referring to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Mr Rau stressed that the OSCE was well prepared to help alleviate existing disputes. He declared to focus on the peaceful resolution of the conflict in and around Ukraine, in line with the Minsk Agreements and with full respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the country within the borders recognised by the international community.
The first meeting of the @OSCE Permanent Council in 2022 has started. FM @RauZbigniew is presenting the agenda and priorities of Poland’s OSCE Chairmanship.#OSCE2022POL pic.twitter.com/mHNKH8CK9X— Polish OSCE Chairmanship 2022 (@PLinOSCE) January 13, 2022