Notes from Belgrade: no security without cooperation

Notes from Belgrade: no security without cooperation

I am writing from Belgrade, where I attended the OSCE Ministerial Council. OSCE is an organisation that holds cooperation as the key to security – a principle we need to recall and to turn into practice in these difficult times, possibly as never before. And this is the message I carried with me here in Serbia, on behalf of the European Union, speaking right after Sergei Lavrov and right before John Kerry.

I had just met bilaterally with the both of them: Lavrov here in Belgrade, Kerry two days ago in Brussels. We didn’t simply discuss our relations, but first and foremost our common work on Syria, on Libya, on the peace process between Israel and Palestine. Only through regional and international cooperation will we reach concrete results on these three crises: a political transition in Damascus, as we join forces on the ground to defeat Daesh in Syria and Iraq; a halt to the violence in Israel and Palestine, moving beyond a two-year deadlock in the peace process; and a decision from the Libyan parties to form a government of national unity, to guarantee peace and security to the Libyans and the whole region, with support from neighbouring countries and from the European Union.

This last objective will be discussed in Rome on December 13th, together with all the relevant actors. Effective international and multilateral cooperation is the only way forward, so that our work can bear fruit.