Statement by H.E. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti,

Permanent Representative of Brazil,

at the Briefing to the Security Council by the Chairman-in-Office of the

 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

New York, 15th February 2011

I wish to welcome Minister Audronius Azubalis for his presentation.

I congratulate him on assuming the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and wish him a very successful tenure.

Brazil is convinced that regional and subregional organizations can greatly contribute to further strengthening the multilateral system, including in the area of maintenance of international peace and security. 

I am certain that, under the Lithuanian leadership, OSCE will advance its dialogue and cooperation with the UN.

Collaboration between the UN and OSCE is a concrete example of a partnership that has helped to promote peace and security in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as in the fight against terrorism.

In Afghanistan, the OSCE has been actively involved in efforts to foster political dialogue, increase national capacities, and support the democratic process. 

Brazil notes with satisfaction the close coordination of OSCE with UNAMA in this regard. We appreciate the assistance provided to the Afghan Government in the fields of border security, police training and the fight against drug trafficking. 

In Kyrgyzstan, the OSCE played a constructive role last year, in close coordination with the UN and the European Union, in the context of a challenging political environment. 

Brazil recognizes the work that was done to, inter alia, normalize the situation in the country, ensure security and stability, help the victims of violence, and assist the process of national reconciliation. 

With the active engagement of the international community, we hope the people of Kyrgyzstan will be able to overcome current difficulties, strengthen democratic institutions, and create more opportunities for social and economic development. 

I note to the priorities outlined by Lithuania for its OSCE Chairmanship in 2011.

We are pleased to learn that, along with efforts to address protracted conflicts, attention will be given to a renewed commitment to democracy, the rule of law and human rights, as well as to new ways of promoting energy security, media freedom and education for tolerance.

Tolerance and diversity are two defining features of the Brazilian society. Having hosted last year’s Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil very much welcomes initiatives by the OSCE in this regard. 

Brazil joins in supporting the vision and the priorities established by Lithuania for the work of the OSCE in the current year and looks forward to a very fruitful cooperation between that organization and the UN.