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  • 18 May 2016

    “Respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law is the fundamental condition for our continent’s security,” Deputy Minister Aleksander Stępkowski emphasised at a meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, held in Sofia on 18 May.


    The deputy head of Polish diplomacy observed that ensuring Europe’s safety is the most serious challenge we need to confront today. He recalled that respect for human rights, democratic standards and the rule of law is being questioned by some of the Council of Europe states, and that the existing international order is undermined by acts of violence or revisions of borders.


    Deputy Minister Stępkowski declared support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “It is essential to observe the Minsk accords, including the ceasefire in areas controlled by illegal armed groups backed by the Russian Federation, if further grave and repeated violations of human rights are to be prevented in eastern Ukraine,” he noted. The deputy head of Polish diplomacy also commented on the report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. He pointed to the Council of Europe’s unique role in advancing peace and respect for human rights in Europe, among others through expert help and dissemination of good practices among the Council members.


    The Committee of Ministers is the most important decision-making body of the Council of Europe, and convenes annually for ministerial sessions. The Committee is composed of foreign ministers of all of the 47 Council member states.


    MFA Press Office

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