Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was recognized by Serbia both as an honor and as a great challenge in the field of multilateral diplomacy, a recognition that we are a reliable partner, one up to the responsibility for reaching consensus in such a diversified Organization.
In the course of this year, we have been doing our best to justify the confidence placed in Serbia and use the opportunity to contribute to the work and affirmation of the OSCE. Compromise and consensus, as the basic principles of the Organization which have held us together all these years, are an asset in facing the challenges of today's complex world.
The Helsinki Final Act has for decades provided a solid foundation for security and stability in Europe. Forty years ago, our predecessors understood that maintaining peace and security is a collective responsibility.
The Organization should follow this example and courageously undertake a serious, dedicated dialogue and explore opportunities for joint action. The Helsinki principles represent a historical triumph of cooperation over conflict, a conclusion reiterated once again in Helsinki this summer as we commemorated the Organization's 40th anniversary.
We hope and we believe that the Belgrade Ministerial Council will be yet another successful step forward towards strengthening and consolidation of the European system of security and partner cooperation.