Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/russia : Sarkozy: Osce Summit Should Discuss Russia's Security Proposal

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/russia : Sarkozy: Osce Summit Should Discuss Russia's Security Proposal

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In response to Russia's calls for a new pan-European security treaty, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking on behalf of the EU member states, proposed a summit meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be held at the end of 2009 "to discuss [Russian] proposals". Speaking at the World Policy Conference, on 8 October, in the French town of Evian, Sarkozy said that such a meeting could also focus on the "European Union's proposals for new concepts of a pan-European defence". "We are ready to talk about it with the Russians because security in Europe and beyond is a common good," he stressed.

Addressing earlier the same conference, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev threw some more light on the concept of his proposal, which he presented for the first time in June in Berlin. "I emphasise that we do not propose abolishing or even weakening the existing [organisations] - the question is their more harmonious operation on the basis of common regulations," Medvedev said. He stressed that the new agreement on European security must lay out new criteria for arms control and military force levels. Medvedev also insisted that the new treaty should stipulate the inadmissibility of the use of force in international relations and respect for territorial integrity. Moreover, he stressed that the treaty must ensure that "no country or global organisation should have exclusive rights on the provision of peace and stability in Europe," adding that "this all applies to Russia as well". …

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