News Archive 2015
Andreas Peschke, Director for Eastern Europe, held political talks in Minsk on 6 and 7 October. His schedule included in-depth consultations with Alena Kupchyna, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and talks with representatives of the ODIHR’s election observation mission. On occasion of the EU Foreign Minister Council on 12 October 2015, Foreign Minister Steinmeier made a statement on the result of the presidential elections in Belarus and on possible conclusions.
Special Representative Gernot Erler asks for support of chairmanship priorities at opening plenary of Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw on 21 September 2015.
Director for Eastern Europe travels to Moldova for talks
Andreas Peschke, the Director for Eastern Europe, was in Moldova for talks from 29 to 30 September. The issues addressed included German support for reforms in Moldova, the tense situation in the country, the efforts to reach a settlement to the Transdniestria conflict and Germany’s forthcoming assumption of the OSCE Chairmanship.
Press release by the Federal Foreign Office
Vaclav Havel Prize 2015 goes to Lyudmila Alexeyeva
On 28 September, the Russian civil rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva received the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. Christoph Strässer, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy commended Alexeyeva on her activities and highlighted amongst others “her outstanding work in the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group since 1976”. He added that Alexeyeva “has inspired generations of people not only in Russia but around the world.”
Read the full statement of the Human Rights Commissioner
More information on the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize
Outstanding appreciation for the valuable work of the OSCE!
On 19 September the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was awarded the Kaiser-Otto-Prize as part of a ceremonial act in the Magdeburg Cathedral. Since 2005, the Town of Magdeburg, in remembrance of Emperor Otto the Great, has paid homage to individuals and organizations, which have rendered outstanding services to the process of European unification and to the promotion of the European idea.
Giving the honorific speech, German Foreign Minister said: "The conflict in eastern Ukraine demonstrates ever more clearly the major importance of the OSCE! (...) I do not even want to imagine where this conflict would have led us without the OSCE and the brave women and men that work for it."
On 16 September Ambassador Eberhard Pohl welcomed a delegation of young diplomats from South and Central Asia in the Hofburg in Wien. The 15 young diplomats are part of the training programme for international diplomats organized by the German Foreign Office and visited the OSCE under the auspices of former ambassador Ortwin Hennig. They received insights into the work and activities of the security organization.
First official meeting of Ambassador Eberhard Pohl with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier
On 3 September 2015, the Secretary General of the OSCE Lamberto Zannier (r.) welcomed Ambassador Eberhard Pohl, the new Permanent Representative of Germany to the OSCE. During the discussion, which lasted about an hour or so, Ambassador Pohl emphasized the strong commitment of Germany to the OSCE – reflected amongst others by the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016. Both, Zannier and Pohl, underlined the importance of close co-ordination with a view to this challenge. After the trustful exchange Ambassador Pohl officially presented his Credentials to The Secretary General.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier invited his opposite numbers from France, Russia and Ukraine on Monday evening to the Federal Foreign Office Guest House in the Tegel district of Berlin for the fourth time. After negotiations lasting several hours, the four Foreign Ministers agreed during the night on further steps to defuse the Ukraine crisis.
Foreign Ministers meeting in Berlin on the Ukraine conflict