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Saturday, July 02, 2005


Rice criticises Belarus, Uzbekistan

From U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's Opening remarks at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's 14th annual session (posted on the State Department website:

The gains for freedom have been dramatic, but much remains to be done if Helsinki’s great promise is to be fully realized in all 55 signatory states.

Regrettably, the governments of some OSCE states, most notably Belarus and Uzbekistan, are failing to live up to their commitments on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. They reject OSCE’s offers of assistance, charging interference in their internal affairs. That was a false charge when the Soviets made it and it is a false charge now.

Elsewhere in our OSCE community, frozen conflicts in the Caucasus and Moldova have yet to be resolved through peaceful settlements. And tensions in these regions also must be reduced through Russia’s fulfillment of its Istanbul Commitments. The recent agreement between Russia and Georgia is a positive step toward fulfilling those commitments.

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