Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kurz at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade

VIENNA, 3 DECEMBER 2015

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz participated in the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade on 2 and 3 December 2015.

The meeting provided an ideal opportunity to discuss current questions of European security. Serbia did a fine job as chair; still the year 2014 was one of the most challenging years for the OSCE. 

A possible solution for the Ukraine-conflict remained the priority theme in Belgrade. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz clarified that “the path laid down in Minsk has to be implemented. The reinstitution of the cease-fire remains the top priority, as does the agreed upon pull-back of weaponry.” Similarly to Switzerland, who was the 2014 OSCE chair, Serbia has introduced a series of well-suited measures to defuse the Ukraine-crisis.

On the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Conference in Belgrade, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kurz met with some of his counterparts, among them the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lazăr Comănescu as well as the Swiss Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter. Austria will, together with Serbia and Germany, be a part of the OSCE Troika in 2016, with Germany being the chair. Austria will take over as chair from Germany in 2017.