Resolution on Eastern Europe excluded from OSCE's Minsk Declaration


Resolution on Eastern Europe excluded from OSCE's Minsk Declaration

The session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk showed advancement in building confidence in the region. This opinion was voiced at its final plenary meeting.

Here, the Minsk Declaration was also adopted - the final document of the forum. Its discussion sparked a stormy reaction among parliamentarians. This concerned one of the points - the resolution on Eastern Europe, which affected several countries including Belarus. After the voting the deputies rejected the much-discussed resolution.

Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus:
I believe that the moment of truth has come. It's good that we had a session that lasted several days. It's good that people could talk and see the real situation. It's no secret that there is a division between the West and the East. We are categorically opposed to dividing Europe into East and West; we believe that it should be homogeneous, there should be the same conditions, approaches, assessments, and criteria. You cannot teach anyone because we work in a solid organization; there must be equal rights and opportunities. I believe that the first critical step has taken place. And we are pleased that it occurred in Minsk.

The Minsk Declaration formulates recommendations for national governments, parliaments and the international community to respond to pressing challenges and threats. These are primarily terrorism, protracted conflicts and the deterioration of the atmosphere of trust, security and cooperation.