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5 February 2010 - Security Council - Briefing by the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE - Statement by Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

(UN translation)

I wish to welcome the Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Mr. Kanat Saudabayev, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State of Kazakhstan, and to thank him for his briefing. We fully share his views on the relationship between the OSCE and the United Nations, which we wish to strengthen.

France especially supports the dialogue on the future of European security in the framework of the Corfu process, mentioned by the Chairman-in-office of the OSCE. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has outlined our position on this on several occasions. We hope to see the process lead to improved security in Europe both for States and for private citizens, and including every country concerned, from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

The ideas contained in the draft treaty on European security disseminated by Russia on 30 November make an interesting contribution to this debate. The questions raised by the text correspond to those currently being examined in the framework of the Corfu process on respect for the right of every State to choose its own way of ensuring its security. In this regard, France fully supports the proposal just put forward to convene an OSCE summit this year, the objective of which should be to reaffirm the validity of our commitments under the Helsinki Final Act and our common will to prevent and solve conflicts through cooperation, to guarantee respect for human rights, and to combat common threats.

The concept of two blocs confronting each other is far behind us, but the crises continue. The OSCE must be present to resolve them and prevent others. We must work at the highest possible level to formulate a renewed security architecture in which other organizations, particularly NATO and the European Union, should also participate.

The OSCE is playing an essential role in stabilizing the borders of Afghanistan, particularly in training Afghan frontier guards. This is a good example of successful cooperation between the OSCE and the United Nations, and will, we hope, be a good example of what the Kazakh chairmanship of the OSCE can contribute to the region.

It is in its global view of security and cooperation that the OSCE finds its full value. I salute the commitment of the Kazakh chairmanship to view the human dimension of the OSCE as one of the priorities on its agenda. The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights must continue to play an essential role, particularly in election monitoring. Its autonomy there is its strength and must be preserved.

In conclusion, the OSCE must also work in close coordination with other international and regional organizations. The presence of the Kazakh chairmanship in the Security Council is a testament to the vitality of the cooperation between the United Nations and the OSCE, which France welcomes.

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