Yesterday, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama officially assumed the role of OSCE President.
The Prime Minister of Albania will hold the highest office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe throughout 2020, as appointed by the OSCE Ministerial Council. In this sense, Rama said that "he will work to make a difference in the field".
In his speech, moreover, the former mayor of Tirana recalled the Helsinki final act in 1975 - the binding document of the then conference on security and co-operation in Europe (precursor of the OSCE) - declaring that Albania has benefited directly from the principles of this peace and security agreement.
The statements of Rama
"While I am in this chair today, I can only pay tribute to all those who fought, suffered and died for the freedom of Albania, together with all those who worked hard and contributed in various ways during our long and tortuous path to democratic transition.
Among all these, the OSCE was one of the key presences. Today I feel the enormous responsibility of having to return something to our Organization after the OSCE has given so much to Albania for so many years."- said Rama initially.
The motto of the Albanian presidency to the OSCE is "to implement our commitments together" and, according to Rama, embodies three main elements:
"First, the importance of honoring our common obligations. We cannot credibly take on new commitments if we fail to adhere to existing ones. Secondly, focus on the valuable tools we own at the OSCE. Thirdly, that our responsibility is shared between the 57 participating States, since advancing a common agenda or a shared political vision is essential for the Presidency.”- continued the Albanian Prime Minister.
Conflict resolution efforts, such as those of the Minsk group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the international discussions in Geneva and related mechanisms and the Transnistria resolution process will be high on the Presidency agenda, added Rama, which will also promote the role of women in peace and security.
Pritja and Kryesisë Shqiptare të OSBE 2020.Në ditën historike për Shqipërinë, nga Vjena, mikja and vjetër.Faleminderit🤝
Placed by Edi Rama op Donderdag 9 januari 2020
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