Tajikistan’s delegation will take part in annual meeting of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw

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DUSHANBE On the eve of the annual meeting of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, which will be held in Warsaw with the participation of nearly 60 countries, including Tajikistan, NIAT Khovar's correspondent Mavjuda Anavari spoke with one of the members of Tajikistan's official delegation, Advisor of the Director of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Tajikistan Abdulloh Rahnamo.

Anvari: What is the purpose and significance of OSCE's annual meeting or the Warsaw Conference and why is much attention paid to it?

Rahnamo: The annual meeting of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is one of the world's largest forums on democratic values and human rights issues. It is attended by OSCE member states, dozens of national and international organizations, wherein 2,000 deputies consider a range of issues for two weeks.

The meetings include dozens of sessions and side events dedicated to specific issues. Each state, presenting its position in terms of ensuring democratic values and human rights, reports on these issues and defends its policies. At the same time, the positions of participating states may be criticized by their opponents or international organizations. The atmosphere of this summit is usually heated, and every year attracts great attention from international news agencies.

Anvari: What are the goals and objectives of the official delegation of Tajikistan?

Rahnamo: In my opinion, the mission of each state delegation is, first of all, to represent and protect the national and state interests of Tajikistan. I can identify three main objectives of the delegation at the Warsaw Conference. Firstly, the correct presentation of Tajikistan's state policy. Secondly, an objective presentation of the realities of society in Tajikistan, and thirdly, to make sure that the questions and requests of the conference participants are clearly formulated. The purpose and mission of the group is precisely this.

Anvari: Social networks and news agencies call the Warsaw Conference a debate platform for the state delegation and the opposition. Is such a meeting or discussion with representatives of the so-called opposition really envisaged at this forum?

Rahnamo: Previously, negotiations with the opposition were not discussed at all. In general, there was never any disagreement during these conversations and appeals of our delegation at these international conferences. At the OSCE conference, which consists of official delegations of 56 countries, we represent and defend the position of Tajikistan on the agenda topics.

It is the state of Tajikistan that is the member of the OSCE, -not a separate Tajik organization or an individual. Therefore, the state as an official member participates in the conference. Regardless of the presence or absence of opposition parties, the state delegation carries out its mission.

Anvari: Is there a need for dialogue with the discontented people and the so-called opposition?

Rahnamo: Tajikistan has extensive experience in carrying out peaceful dialogue and negotiations. But now, specifically with whom must it be in dialogue? With a few disgruntled people who fled from responsibility and are now living comfortably in Europe, and who remotely oppose through virtual and fake networks? In political practice, dialogue with a political power or an organization is possible, at least if it exists physically, and its members, followers and its social status in society are clearly identified. But it is impossible to negotiate with something that exists only virtually.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan