MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) - Permanent Representative of Belarus to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Andrei Dapkiunas met with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid in Vienna on 9 April 2021, BelTA learned from the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Vienna.
The Belarusian diplomat and the head of the OSCE Secretariat exchanged views on the current state of affairs in the OSCE and discussed possible ways to strengthen the OSCE's role and increase its influence on the processes taking place on the European continent.
The head of the Belarusian mission to the OSCE noted that a serious crisis of confidence in the Eurasian-Atlantic area makes it impossible today to make the full use of the OSCE's tools and instruments for the development of broader and more friendly international cooperation.
Andrei Dapkiunas believes that only the restoration of trust through focused efforts of heads of state and diplomats, both in the OSCE and also on the bilateral track, will effectively prevent the escalation of tensions in the OSCE area and gradually restore effective mechanisms for cooperation in the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions of security.
The OSCE is the largest regional international security organization. It is headquartered in Vienna (Austria). The OSCE is made up of 57 participating states. It has its origins in the mid 1975 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) held in Helsinki, Finland. In 1995 the Conference was renamed to the Organization for Security and Cooperation.