"Let me just say
this in closing. We are here in Turkey, and it's an appropriate
place to say this - thinking of Chechnya, thinking of all these
issues, thinking of the trouble in the Caucasus, and the trouble
in the Balkans. So much of the future of the 21st century will
turn on developments in the vast region that lies between traditional
notions of Asia and Europe, between the Muslim world and the
West, between the parts of our community that are stable and
prosperous and democratic, and those still struggling to build
basic human security and freedom.
"The people who live in these crossroads face truly momentous
challenges and we're dealing with some of them today. They are
trying to preserve their unique heritage and participate fully
in the modern world. And there is no single, simple answer to
all their problems, but there is a guidepost: this OSCE and its
principle that human differences should be resolved democratically,
with respect for diversity and the basic rights and freedom of
every individual. That was true in 1975 [when the OSCE was founded],
it is even more true today."
President, addressing representatives of the 54 nation states
at the 1999 Summit of the OSCE (Organization for the Security
and Cooperation in Europe) which took place in Istanbul's Jiragan
Palace on November 18, 1999.
(7.4) Winter 1999.
© Azerbaijan International 1999. All rights reserved.
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