“Thirty years ago, the Charter of Paris heralded the beginning of an era of peace and security in Europe. Today, more than ever before, in the midst of a pandemic and worrying security scenarios, we must ask ourselves how we can revive the ‘spirit of Helsinki'”, said the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marina Sereni, speaking at the OSCE Ministerial Council.
“The OSCE – Ms. Sereni continued – remains a key actor for promoting political solutions also for “protracted conflicts”. We have witnessed the painful tragedy of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh and welcomed the subsequent ceasefire with relief. We are now faced with a humanitarian emergency that requires everyone’s contribution. Italy is already doing its part. In this evolving framework, in the face of the challenges posed to multilateralism, we are concerned about the progressive erosion of Europe’s security architecture. Unilateral or national solutions in complex situations have proved ineffective. The climate, migration and sustainable development must be given priority status, in cooperation with our partners on the southern shore of the Mediterranean”.
“The OSCE – the Vice Minister continued – is a successful model for implementing cooperative responses against transnational threats such as terrorism and violent extremism, cyber-attacks, corruption, organised crime, human trafficking, trafficking in human beings, illegal trafficking also of cultural goods. These phenomena have a dramatic impact, especially on the more vulnerable social groups. Against this backdrop, we are convinced that the inclusion of women contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of security policies. The relaunch of cooperative security instruments in the region – Ms. Sereni concluded – certainly requires adequate resources to revive all together the ‘spirit of Helsinki'”.