At the OSCE Ministerial Council, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called for returning to the core values of the organisation
On 2 December at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm, Sweden, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis called on the OSCE participating states to mobilise in order to resolve the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, and to fulfill their obligations in the areas of the rule of law, democracy, and human rights. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister condemned the restrictions on democracy and human rights in Russia and Belarus, the Minsk regime's hybrid attack against the EU, its campaign of orchestrating irregular migrant flows across its borders into Europe.
“Has the OSCE been created for such security and cooperation? We need to restore trust among member states and assume the obligation to respect international law,” said Landsbergis. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also voiced his support for political prisoners and human rights defenders, and called for defending the free press and ensuring the safety of journalists.
On the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Landsbergis met with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Margaret Cederfeld, and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov to discuss Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine, other conflicts in the OSCE region, the situation on the EU-Belarus border, and other relevant security issues in the OSCE area. Landsbergis will also meet with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also participated in the events, which discussed the possibilities to bring to justice persons responsible for human rights violations in Belarus and the situation in Crimea, Ukraine. According to the Foreign Minister, only through joint international efforts would we be able to help Belarusian citizens seek justice for the continuing unprecedented violations of human rights and freedoms in their country.
The Chair of the OSCE in 2021 - Sweden - will be succeeded by Poland next year.