Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (31 August) ahead of the 1 September informal meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Potsdam:
In today’s world, which is plagued by many crises, the OSCE may be more important than ever – in managing the crises in eastern Ukraine, Transdniestria and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as other conflicts in Europe, and with a view to maintaining peace and security in general.
In Potsdam, we won’t be afraid to address controversial topics and discuss specific issues, such as strengthening fundamental freedoms and democratic standards, or how to tackle new challenges, such as international terrorism and the consequences of displacement and migration.
That is why I am looking forward to welcoming my counterparts from the OSCE participating States to Potsdam. The fact that so many foreign ministers will be attending the meeting reflects the importance of the OSCE as a platform for dialogue, with a view to promoting peace in Europe and our common security from Vancouver to Vladivostok.
One important issue on our agenda is arms control. I believe this is precisely the right time to provide meaningful impetus with a view to greater transparency, risk reduction and confidence-building.