The OSCE leadership intends to focus on economic issues in the Chernobyl affected areas in the scope of its Chernobyl-related cooperation with Belarus, OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut said at the international Chernobyl conference in Minsk dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the accident.
The OSCE adopted a declaration to reiterate the necessity to mitigate the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster in the affected areas.
According to Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, the Chernobyl catastrophe has long broken the limits of national borders. Public security and interdependency of countries are among the OSCE main principles. “This is why we, the countries of Europe, need to search for ways of cooperation in the face of today’s challenges”, he believes. He added that 55 countries make up the OSCE and Belarus is its “full-fledged member”.
The Minsk OSCE Office has established close cooperation with the Belarusian government in various spheres including the Chernobyl recovery.
“On behalf of the entire organization I would like to extend a burning desire to further cooperate with Belarus on that basis,” Marc Perrin de Brichambaut stressed.