(No. 381 - December 3, 2010 - 12:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement after the 2010 Summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held in Astana, Kazakhstan:
“After many weeks of negotiations, the adoption of the Astana Declaration is a modest first step toward a framework for action. While the Declaration confirms participating states are still on the same page when it comes to shared values, principles and OSCE commitments, Canada came to this summit expecting more.
“Canada regrets that participating states were not able to reach a consensus over the important issue of protracted conflicts in order to secure a result-based action plan, which was Canada’s goal for the summit.
“With the Astana Declaration, participating states came closer to addressing pressing regional issues and conflicts than they have in many years. It is with regret Canada realizes more time and effort are needed to address these issues.
“As a founding member of the OSCE, Canada will continue to engage constructively toward a road map for the organization’s future work and, especially, for the promotion of human rights and democracy throughout the region.”
The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization, with 56 participating states. It has a substantial network of field operations in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia and works on issues such as disarmament, arms control, human rights and fair elections, as well as improving transparency and good governance in the region.
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