In a speech to the plenary session of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Milan on Thursday, senior official with the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) Dan Neculaescu voiced Romania's concern with a worsening security state at European level, marked by an ongoing conflict in Ukraine, persistent frozen conflicts in the Black Sea region and the erosion of the conventional arms control regime.
"During the plenary session of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Dan Neculaescu voiced concern with worsening security state at European level, marked by an ongoing conflict in Ukraine, persistent frozen conflicts in the Black Sea region and the erosion of the conventional arms control regime. Senior official Dan Neculaescu reaffirmed Romania's strong support for the efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, including through its active participation in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, and reiterated the country's support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as worries over the current developments in the Black Sea/Azov Sea, delivering a strong message on the importance of international law being observed, defusing the situation and of the need for captured Ukrainian ships and personnel being returned," MAE said Friday in a press statement.
According to MAE, Neculaescu advocated stepping-up efforts to solve all prolonged conflicts in the OSCE area and argued that this issue should be kept in the organisation's priority hierarchy. He also referred to the dynamics in the settlement of the Transnistria file and advocated a balanced approach that would make the parties accountable for making progress with all the components of the 5+2 negotiating agenda.
"As regards the political and military dimension of the organisation, senior official Dan Neculaescu underscored that the full implementation of the principles and commitments pledged by the participating states is a way of guaranteeing security and strengthening stability, military transparency and predictability in the area, urging for an update of the Vienna Document. In the context of Romania's assuming the six-month rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 January 2019, Dan Neculaescu mentioned Romania's readiness to closely co-operate with the forthcoming Slovak OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office to secure synergy in areas and fields that are relevant to both organisations."