13 January 2016 - Gernot Erler
Assuming the OSCE Chairmanship in such stormy times is a sign of Germany's strong commitment to making an active contribution to peace and security in Europe. More than 40 years after the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, fundamental pillars of international order in Europe have been shaken by the force of arms, mutual distrust and competing narratives. Long-standing principles of the European security order have been broken and challenged; borders and the territorial integrity of states have been violated. Events in and around Ukraine have provoked a deep rift within the osce family: confidence between participating States has been sapped, while trust in our security architecture has been shattered. The crisis in Ukraine has demonstrated that peace and security in Europe are not at all self-evident.
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