Minister Cannon Attends NATO-Russia Council Ministerial Meeting and Informal OSCE Foreign Ministers' Meeting

(No. 183 - June 28, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in two ministerial meetings, the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) and the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Corfu, Greece on June 27-28, 2009.

A number of key issues were addressed, including the renewal of dialogue and cooperation between NATO and Russia, and the strengthening of Euro-Atlantic security.

At the April 2009 Strasbourg-Kehl Summit, NATO leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the NATO-Russia Council. They pledged to use the NRC as a forum for political dialogue on all issues—where allies and Russia work to resolve problems, address common concerns and build practical cooperation.

“There is now a resumption of high-level dialogue between NATO and Russia,” said Minister Cannon.

The Minister’s participation at the OSCE meeting was also productive. “My colleagues and I had a constructive discussion on how Euro-Atlantic security can be strengthened in the interest of all NATO and OSCE members,” said Minister Cannon. Canada supports the OSCE, with its comprehensive approach to security and inclusive membership, as the appropriate forum for dialogue and cooperation on enhancing Euro-Atlantic security.

“Canada is a long-standing and constructive partner in transatlantic security structures, and I look forward to continuing our discussions in the OSCE in the coming months.”

During his visit to Corfu, Minister Cannon also held a number of constructive bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Germany, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan and Lithuania.

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