Video excerpts from the event: https://we.tl/b-uZqne7DZaU
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, took part today in Turin in the 132nd Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), at which Italy handed over the Chairmanship of the Committee to Ireland for the next six-month period.
The Ministers focused the discussions on the consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression on Ukraine, which, among other things, led to the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the CoE in March this year. In that context, views were exchanged as well on the role of the CoE, as well as its next steps and priorities.
In his Session address, Minister Osmani highlighted the fact that, from the very beginning of the military aggression, North Macedonia has joined all statements, initiatives, and measures taken within multilateral fora to condemn the aggression, including the sanctions that the EU has introduced against the Russian Federation in its reply. Mr. Osmani furthermore stressed the need for the Council of Europe continuing to afford Ukraine and its citizens its active assistance and solidarity, given its mandate and expertise accumulated in the area of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
Continuing, Minister Osmani underlined that it was time for even stronger value-and-rule-based multilateralism, as well as having synergy with other international organizations.
"As the future OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, I am committed to working closely with the Council of Europe on all issues of common interest and to building a future of peace, security, and cohesion in Europe based on values shared," Osmani stated.
On the margins of the Ministerial Session, Foreign Minister Osmani had a bilateral meeting with CoE Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić. Minister Osmani and Secretary General Pejčinović Burić discussed a number of topical issues, including the future of the Organization, as well as the wider implications for Europe of the Russian military aggression on Ukraine from a humanitarian, security, geopolitical, and economic standpoint. They also discussed the status and expectations regarding the EU integration dossier of North Macedonia and, in that context, the need for having enhanced regional dynamics. “North Macedonia and the CoE remain partners in preserving European values on the path to full EU membership,” they concluded. Concluding their meeting, Minister Osmani introduced Secretary General Pejčinović Burić with the course of the preparations that North Macedonia has been making for its upcoming OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office in 2023.
Turin, 20 May 2022