9 February 2012 - Security Council - OSCE
Statement by Mr. Emmanuel Bonne, Political Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
Allow me to welcome to the Security Council today the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Mr. Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. Like its European partners, France shares his vision and will to concentrate on a limited number of well-identified priorities with a view to the ministerial conference in Dublin in December.
The OSCE is a unique model for cooperation based on the conviction that ensuring the security of the European continent must go hand in hand with the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. At the Astana summit in 2010, the participating States made important commitments and reaffirmed their shared objectives for regional security, economic and human development, and respect for human rights. The threats to fundamental freedoms and human rights are a reality that concerns and motivates us. In that regard, the revolutions in the Arab countries have reminded us of the universality of those principles. We must see to it that these values are not thrown into doubt in Europe as well.
From that point of view, we support the choice of the Irish chairmanship to stress the human dimension and its will to prioritize respect for commitments made in the area of human rights, especially respect for fundamental freedoms over the Internet. The freedoms of expression and of the media are challenges that mobilize the United Nations as well. In that regard, fruitful synergies can certainly be found between the two organizations.
We trust that the chairmanship will not neglect other dimensions covered by the OSCE.
Indeed, from Central Asia to Afghanistan, as well as the Balkans, the OSCE has demonstrated its essential role in conflict resolution and the promotion of peace in the region, and hence its ability to act in concert with other regional organizations, for example in Kyrgyzstan alongside the United Nations and the European Union. Accordingly, the decision taken in Vilnius to strengthen OSCE capacity in the area of conflict prevention is a step forward that we believe should be strengthened.
Encouraged by the resumed 5+2 talks on Transdniestria, we remain engaged in the collective effort to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict as co-Chair of the Minsk Group. In 2008, the Georgian crisis also proved that war between two participating States of the OSCE was possible. France therefore supports the Geneva talks, which is another good example of cooperation between international organizations in the service of peace.
With respect to the politico-military dimension, significant progress is expected in the implementation of a security community, as expressed at the Astana summit. From that point of view, it is important to continue updating the Vienna Document. As a participating State of the OSCE, France is prepared to consider those issues and to discuss them with other States at the annual meeting on security questions in June. We also expect the OSCE to remain committed to the struggle against transnational threats, especially human trafficking, the fight against organized crime, money-laundering and corruption.
Finally, from a longer-term perspective, I recall that, at the Ministerial Council of the OSCE in Vilnius on 7 December 2011, to which my German colleague referred, France announced the launch of an initiative to create a network of French, German, Polish and Russian think tanks with a view to organizing, during the first half of 2012, four seminars on the implementation of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community. The second of these seminars will be held in Paris in April.
I again thank the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland for participating in this meeting, and again assure him of our full support throughout his chairmanship. We count on him to strengthen the links between the OSCE and the United Nations in line with our shared objectives of peace, stability, security and respect for human rights.