The Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the honourable Guglielmo Picchi, opened the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference in Vienna today, representing Minister Moavero Milanesi, Chairperson-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The Undersecretary said that since the OSCE was the biggest regional security organisation, its potential should be tapped to the fullest, with a renewed sense of responsibility and collective ownership.
The Undersecretary then reaffirmed the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis as one of the priorities of the Italian Chairmanship and asked for renewed commitment to improve the situation on the ground.
He also underlined the importance of cooperation with the OSCE partner countries, especially those on the southern banks of the Mediterranean, “with whom we are ready to talk about multiple common challenges, including the orderly management of migration”.
On the sidelines of the Conference the Undersecretary met with the OSCE Secretary-General, Thomas Greminger, the Head of the special monitoring mission in Ukraine, Ertugrul Apakan, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Alexander Grushko.