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Talk: Address by the Chair of the Council of Europe: UNITED KINGDOM statement to the OSCE

The particular Council of Europe as well as the OSCE share much common ground – joint focus on serious organised crime, counter-terrorism, human trafficking and gender, alongside work on specific nation contexts stands out. As both the OSCE and the Council of Europe face up to a series of common challenges this year, it is important that we continue to recognise each organisation’s individual merits and distinctiveness. We need to work in a coordinated way to employ the unique set of instruments and tools which each organisation offers to its participating and member States. Thanks Mr Chair. We look forward to Iceland hosting the Council associated with Europe’s fourth Summit of Heads of State plus Government in May this year and to concrete outcomes resulting from the particular Summit. It provides a encouraged opportunity to re-affirm and advertise commitments to democracy, human rights and the Rule of Law and to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine. The longstanding partnership between the OSCE and the Council of Europe is rooted firmly in the promotion associated with human rights, rule of law, and democracy throughout the continent and beyond. Regard for these common principles identifies our shared endeavours in Vienna and in Strasbourg. All of us meet today at a particularly challenging time for Western european Security and while President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war in Ukraine continues. We are reminded that those common concepts and commitments are being transgressed on a daily basis and re-commitment to principles is needed more than ever. The particular launch of the Ukraine Action Plan 2023-26 underscores the usa support for Ukraine. Minister Gylfadóttir – the UK is, and will remain, a steadfast supporter of the work of both Council of Europe as well as the OSCE. We offer you, as well as your team, our best wishes for your work in the year ahead. Thank you, Mr Seat. On behalf of the UK, I warmly welcome you, Minister Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir to the Permanent Council. Thank you for outlining Iceland’s priorities at the Authorities of Europe and cooperation with the OSCE. The Council of Europe has been, and will continue to be, important to the UK’s human rights and international policy agenda and we had been pleased to host the Authorities of Europe’s Secretary Common last week.

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