First I would like to welcome Albania as a full participant to the CSCE. My Government has been supporting this solution and we are very happy to see the representatives of Albania amongst us. Secondly, I would like to congratulate you, Mr. Chairman, for the role that your country and you personnally have had in bringing about this meeting. It is a very important meeting because it is the first meeting of the Council of Ministers. We are now creating the practices for the future work in this institution. You have really very thoroughly prepared the meeting by also sending a letter to your colleagues to influence the work of the Council practices and substances of the meeting.
I am trying to follow your ideas. You would like to have short interventions, free discussions. That is why I am going to let my written speech to be distributed. Instead of reading it, I would like to freely say a few words. I am trying to concentrate on the questions you put forward in your letter to us. You were asking, what elements will form the new European Architecture? How can we achieve domestic and internal stability, increase European security, and develop new structures and institutions of the CSCE so that it can fulfill its function as the comprehensive element in the European architecture? These are, I think, very important questions for us to answer.
I would like to start by going through the stages of the CSCE process. In the beginning the CSCE was, in the first place, an instrument of stability in the circumstances that then prevailed. At the same time, from the very beginning, we agreed on certain principles and norms. We agreed upon large cooperation in different fields. These elements have been creating change in Europe, accelerating the change in our continent. We have now witnessed a certain kind of revolution in our continent. In this stage the CSCE has been an instrument to manage and to control the change. This role the CSCE is going to have also in the future. But now, when discussing the new European architecture we are actually discussing how to create new and sustainable stability in our continent. When discussing the European architecture we have to take into consideration the goals of the foreign policy of nations. These goals I am mentioning here, seem to be universal.
In all countries' foreign policy you can see these goals in some form. We all try to promote our national interests, for example security, economic and other forms of welfare of our people. Secondly, we have common interests for example in the field of security and environment. When working for the common interests we are also promoting our national interests. And thirdly, there are ideals based on the basic values of the nation. In this gathering we have a certain level of consensus concerning the basic values and ideals.
What are then the elements of European architecture? I can recognize four different kinds of elements. In the first place nations, states, even if we live in a different world nowadays compared with the past one, still the states are the basic elements of the International life. The states have their bilateral relations. That is another element of the European architecture. Thirdly, there are groups of countries like the European Community. And fourthly, there are open systems of international cooperation such like the CSCE.
Mr. Minister, you mentioned in your letter that the CSCE is the comprehensive element in the European architecture. I fully agree with that idea and will look at the CSCE in the context of wider European architecture from this point of view. I think it is really very important to discuss how these structures and institutions, the forms and the substance of our cooperation could be developed to promote sustainable stability in our continent. A lot has been achieved already in this respect and the work goes on here in Berlin. In would like to say that there is a special task in this respect for us to tackle. That is the special economic and security needs for the new democracies.
Second point which I would like to make here, is that besides discussing the institutions or structures of the CSCE, we should also in this forum discuss the other elements of European architecture and the overall architectural structure of our continent and try to influence it, in order to create sustainable stability in Europe.
And finally, Mr. Chairman, when discussing the European architecture we should see our continent in a global setting. I am referring especially to two important aspects. First, global economic and technological competition with its political dimensions and secondly, the global problems of development and environment. We have to promote as Europeans a just and ecologically sustainable development of the whole world.
Thank you Mr. Chairman.