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Serbia: Lavrov calls for focus on ‘bigger issues’ at OSCE Ministerial Council02:58

Serbia: Lavrov calls for focus on ‘bigger issues’ at OSCE Ministerial Council

Serbia, Belgrade
December 2, 2015 at 19:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the participant ministers of the OSCE Ministerial Council, previously the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, to "put aside all the secondary problems," and focus on finding solutions to some of the "bigger problems," during an address in Belgrade, Wednesday.

Describing the issues the ministers need to tackle, Lavrov talked about the "fight against terrorism, against drug trafficking, a drug industry which is funding terrorism. Then determining our common threats, fighting against discrimination, determining real reasons behind the migrant crisis, protecting Christianity, discrimination based on race and religion, against islamophobia, anti-Semitism, etc."

Joined by Serbian Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic, the Russian diplomat spoke on the necessity for "dialogue between civilisations" as a way of "finding a joint solution for some of our biggest problems." Dacic agreed with Lavrov that the manner in which terrorism was being fought was not unified. He added that Serbia thinks of divisiveness as "impermissible, that those who claim to be against the Islamic State, inflict damage to one another, as was the case with the downing of the Russian plane by Turkey."

The OSCE Ministerial Council is to be held on December 3 and 4 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. It is an annual occurrence at the end of every term of chairmanship, bringing together ministers from all across Europe into taking appropriate and unified decisions on international issues.

Serbia: Lavrov calls for focus on ‘bigger issues’ at OSCE Ministerial Council02:58
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the participant ministers of the OSCE Ministerial Council, previously the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, to "put aside all the secondary problems," and focus on finding solutions to some of the "bigger problems," during an address in Belgrade, Wednesday.

Describing the issues the ministers need to tackle, Lavrov talked about the "fight against terrorism, against drug trafficking, a drug industry which is funding terrorism. Then determining our common threats, fighting against discrimination, determining real reasons behind the migrant crisis, protecting Christianity, discrimination based on race and religion, against islamophobia, anti-Semitism, etc."

Joined by Serbian Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic, the Russian diplomat spoke on the necessity for "dialogue between civilisations" as a way of "finding a joint solution for some of our biggest problems." Dacic agreed with Lavrov that the manner in which terrorism was being fought was not unified. He added that Serbia thinks of divisiveness as "impermissible, that those who claim to be against the Islamic State, inflict damage to one another, as was the case with the downing of the Russian plane by Turkey."

The OSCE Ministerial Council is to be held on December 3 and 4 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. It is an annual occurrence at the end of every term of chairmanship, bringing together ministers from all across Europe into taking appropriate and unified decisions on international issues.