Seas should unite, not divide

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“Malta shares the vision of the Bulgarian Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) that seas should not divide countries and people, but rather unite them through the strong economic and cultural connections that they engender,” Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, told the first High-Level Conference on Cooperation between the BSEC and the European Union, held in Brussels on Tuesday.

Based in Istanbul, the BSEC is a multilateral political and economic initiative that came into being in 1992 and serves as a forum for cooperation in a wide range of areas for its 12 Member States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. It aims to foster interaction and harmony among its members, as well as to ensure peace, stability and prosperity while encouraging friendly and good-neighbourly relations in the Black Sea region.

Minister Abela said that organisations such as the BSEC have an important role to play in addressing regional challenges and harnessing opportunities. Malta believes that such cooperation can play a role in conflict resolution and in the attainment of peace and stability. Such regional cooperation also has an important function in creating opportunities for global solutions, such as regarding climate change. The climate challenge is a reality, a global phenomenon that requires global solutions. It is only through regional and global cooperation that a healthy and vibrant planet for future generations can be guaranteed.

The High-Level Conference was also addressed by other high-level speakers, including Teodor Viorel Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, the current holder of the Presidency of the EU; Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia; Giorgios Katrougalos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece; Emilia Kraleva, Deputy Minister o Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, in charge of the Bulgarian BSEC Chairmanship-in-Office; Faruk Kaymakci, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey; Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan; and Michael B. Christides, Secretary-General of the BSEC’s Permanent International Secretariat.

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