Helsinki + 40 “: in the spirit of the Astana Declaration

Dec 08. Kazpravda. Dublin

By Maksim Shimanski

Helsinki + 40 ": in the spirit of the Astana DeclarationOne of the key outcomes of the 19th meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers completed yesterday was the launch of the process “Helsinki + 40.”

Thus the provisions of the declaration adopted at the summit in Astana, initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev related to the formation of a genuine space of Euro-Atlantic Eurasian indivisible security will be embodied. The abovementioned process was proposed by the Irish Presidency, taking into account that in 2015 it will be the 40th anniversary since the adoption of the Helsinki Accords, which actually marked the beginning of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, later transformed into the Organization.

As the OSCE Chairman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland Eamon Gilmore noted at the press conference devoted to the launch of the “Helsinki + 40″, the summit in the Kazakh capital advanced a new concept of security, which includes the issues of safety in Central Asia and Afghanistan. The launched process will more effectively embody the vision indicated in Astana, because its essence is a detailed action plan for all future presidents of the OSCE up to 2015 in all dimensions of this international structure.

The OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, in turn, pointed out that “Hesinki + 40” offered a major updating of the executive structures of the organization. “Now we can better formulate the vision of solutions to existing problems of security, as well as the interests of all member countries, because now we have a step by step plan” – said the secretary general.

One of the informational “hits” of the Dublin Ministerial Council was trilateral meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. As known, the anti-government uprising in this Arab country continues since March last year. During this meeting, the parties recognized the complexity of the situation in Syria and agreed to continue cooperation to resolve the situation.

Within the frames of the Dublin Forum Mongolia officially became the 57th member of the OSCE.

RK Foreign Minister E. Idrisov, as earlier reported, addressed the opening plenary session of the Council of Ministers, took part in a working lunch on the process of “Helsinki + 40”, held a series of bilateral meetings and gave an interview to the OSCE journal “Community of security”.

In his speeches, E. Idrisov noted the relevance of instructions of the Astana summit, especially the strategic goal of building the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian community of security.

The head of the Kazakh Foreign department made a brief analysis of the organization’s evolution and noted a qualitative leap in its development in the formation of the Eurasian component. Decisive tasks at that are the strengthening of confidence and rethinking of political stereotypes of the past.

Noting the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to create a new security platform in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region intended to develop common approaches to the most pressing problems of today and the rules of the real mutually beneficial partnership, Idrisov also outlined the main priorities of our country in certain areas, including: confidence-building measures in the military-political and non-proliferation area, the fight against transnational threats and assistance in the rehabilitation of Afghanistan, promoting the Istanbul Process.

The Minister laid special emphases on enhancing cooperation in the economic and environmental dimension, including the regional partnerships, new technologies, “green” economy, and the energy of the future in the context of EXPO 2017 to be held in Astana. He drew special attention to the need of strengthening work in the human rights dimension, in particular in the field of tolerance and non-discrimination in the electoral “track”, as well as on the question of the legal status of the OSCE.

RK Foreign minister met with the current president of the organization, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Norway and Montenegro, Assistant of U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary General of the OSCE, Director of ODIHR, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, director of External Relations Council of Europe. During the meetings the sides exchanged views on topical issues of bilateral and multilateral agenda.

Following the meeting with Montenegrin counterpart Nebojsa Kaludjerovi? the sides signed an intergovernmental agreement on the exemption of holders of diplomatic and official passports of the two countries from visa requirements.

As a presiding party, the RK Foreign Minister held a traditional informal meeting of CSTO foreign ministers, where they discussed priorities of work in the OSCE and preparation for the upcoming session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Following the discussion, a joint statement “Building a common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian community of security” was adopted.

The next meeting of the CFM of countries – participants of the OSCE will be held in a year in Kiev.