UN and OSCE best tools to prevent disorder Security Council told

“I am convinced that the principles to which we have all agreed in the UN and the OSCE – such as territorial integrity and sovereign equality of nations – must still form the bedrock of how we live together as nations,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, told the 15-member Council.“These commitments still form the basis for overcoming divisions – provided that all states muster the necessary political will,” he added.Mr. Steinmeier stressed that the world needs strong multilateral organizations to help safeguard and implement these principles, to give the tools for conflict resolution, and to provide opportunities “for debate to overcome our differences.” He said nobody can deny that today’s challenges are “enormous.”“Violent crises and conflicts surround us – even on our own continent in Europe,” he underlined. “Russian aggression in Ukraine has brought the devastation of war right back to the heart of Europe – violating central provisions of international law, the Helsinki Final Act and later OSCE commitments.”At the same time, he highlighted that violence has spikes in regions of the Middle East and North Africa, “with oppression, terror, religious radicalism and regional rivalries having led to immeasurable human suffering, especially in Syria.”“The brutal conflicts in the Middle East have also reached the European continent. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and are seeking shelter in Europe – many of them in Germany,” the Foreign Minister added.Continuing on the situation in Ukraine, Mr. Steinmeier said development show how indispensable the OSCE is when it comes to “uniting our strength to maintain international peace and security”, as the UN Charter says.“Without the OSCE and particularly the courageous men and women of the Special Monitoring Mission, we would not have made the progress we have seen on military de-escalation and withdrawal of weapons,” he emphasized, adding that the only way towards a sustainable political solution is by implementing the Minsk agreement.The chairperson also spoke about the issue “frozen” or “protracted conflicts,” as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the need to engage in a broader dialogue on European security.“I believe the pressing issue of migration should figure more prominently on our agenda. I welcome the UN Secretary General’s initiative to organize a global summit on migration in September. The OSCE has a lot of expertise in this field: from human rights standards and best practices in labour migration to combatting human trafficking,” he said.“In Germany, people’s overwhelming readiness to help arriving refugees has recently been overshadowed by xenophobic assaults. These are despicable acts that we must not and will not tolerate!” he declared.Finally, the Minister stressed he hopes the principles of the OSCE can provide a “glimmer of hope” to other regions, particularly in the Middle East.“Of course, you can’t transfer a security architecture to another region. But perhaps our experiences can highlight useful principles and processes. And maybe they can encourage the parties in the Middle East to live up to their responsibility and explore new paths to political settlements,” he told the Council, recalling that the OSCE’s motto for 2016 is “renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security.” read more

One in ten BBC staff given pay rise of more than 10

first_imgNearly 1,800 members of BBC staff received a pay rise of more than 10 per cent last year, figures have revealed.The large pay rises – amounting to £8,000 per person on average – were handed out to 1,763 members of staff. The group make up 9.1 per cent of the total number of people employed by the corporation.The BBC said the figures reflected staff being given promotions or taking on extra responsibilities.But critics said the figures showed the “gravy train continues to roll”, with the increases coming at an overall cost of £13.9million.  Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said: “It underlines why so many people despair of the BBC. The gravy train continues to roll. The BBC talks about austerity but they have clearly never experienced it.”The salary increases were released following a freedom of information request by the Sun newspaper.A BBC spokesman said: “BBC staff received a one per cent pay rise last year but in any large organisation – especially when making significant back office savings like the BBC – there will be people who are promoted or take on significant extra responsibilities which will be reflected in their salary.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It comes after a row over the disparity between pay for women and men at the corporation. This week it was revealed that Andrew Neil is to step down as host of the BBC’s Sunday Politics, and will be replaced by BBC Scotland editor Sarah Smith.Neil is the first high profile presenter to take a salary cut in the wake of the controversy over gender pay.   Sarah Smith will take over from Andrew NeilCredit:Alan Peebles /BBC Sarah Smithlast_img read more