Malta reiterates its commitment to continue enhancing the OSCE’s Cooperation with the Mediterranean Partners

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Apr 10, 2019

This year the OSCE marks the 25th anniversary of the Code of Conduct. In commemoration of this milestone the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation’s meeting held on 3 April 2019 was dedicated to “Awareness Raising, Dissemination, Better Implementation, and Outreach” of the OSCE Code of Conduct.

On this occasion Ambassador Natasha Meli Daudey, highlighted the continued relevance and versatility of the OSCE Code of Conduct on politico-military aspects of security; an instrument which addresses simultaneously the politico-military and the human dimensions, to foster more transparency and confidence building between OSCE participating States. Whilst recalling the notion of the Mediterranean Chapter of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, that Europe’s security is inextricably linked that of the Mediterranean region, the Ambassador expressed Malta’s firm belief that exporting the principles of the Code of Conduct to the Mediterranean Partners for Co-operations was of mutual benefit both for the OSCE and the Euro-Mediterranean security dimension.

The Ambassador recalled that in 2013, Malta together with the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, had hosted the first Regional Conference on the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security for the Mediterranean Region. This conference had raised awareness of the norms and principles enshrined in the Code, shared practical examples and experiences, and discussed the implementation of the Code among the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation.

In conclusion, the Ambassador expressed Malta’s commitment to continue to provide all the necessary assistance to our Mediterranean Partners in this endeavour.

Dr. Monika Wohlfeld and Dr. Derek Lutterbeck, Co-Directors of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) were invited to address the meeting. The Ambassador together with all the Embassy staff had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Monika Wohlfeld and Dr. Derek Lutterbeck, for a cordial meeting at the Embassy of Malta in Vienna. The relevance of the OSCE Code of Conduct and ways through which Malta and MEDAC could enhance the OSCE’s outreach with Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation were discussed.