Protracted conflicts, transnational threats, media freedom and the expansion of cooperation with partner countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be the focus of the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council that s ‘opens in Vilnius on Tuesday.
“We meet at a time when the world is facing many pressing problems, the financial crisis to the dramatic events unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa,” said the current president of the OSCE, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Azubalis.
“This meeting gives us an opportunity to make progress face many challenges, both new and old,” said Azubalis.
The 18th Ministerial Conference of the OSCE brings together nearly 40 foreign ministers and senior representatives of 56 member states of the organization, the 12 partner countries of the OSCE and international and regional organizations.
Referring to the resolution of protracted conflicts, the head of Lithuanian diplomacy has refused to make predictions about the success of negotiations on this issue.
“Early in my presidency, I said that even if we moved an inch in the resolution of protracted conflicts, it could be considered a success,” said Azubalis.