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MFA: Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto attends meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will attend the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on 3–4 December 2020. The Foreign Ministers of the OSCE participating States will participate in the meeting via video teleconferencing (VTC) under the leadership of Albania, which holds the current OSCE Chairmanship. The meeting aims to decide on appointments of senior OSCE officials and to confirm the Chairmanships for 2023 and 2024.

The ongoing conflicts in the OSCE region, especially the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the political and human-rights situation in Belarus, and the Ukraine conflict will be discussed at the meeting. Finland emphasises the implementation of the OSCE commitments and the use of OSCE instruments to help resolve the conflicts in the region.

The OSCE is a central forum for European security. The activities of the OSCE are based on the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which was signed 45 years ago, in 1975, in Helsinki.

Inquiries:

Jeri Aalto, Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 50 472 0725

Sari Rautio, Director of the Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, tel. +358 295 351 534.

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.

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