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  • Affiliation : Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan
  • Position : Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship
  • Affiliation : Federal Foreign Office
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Imperfect but indispensible — present and future of the OSCE in the latest issue of the Security Index Journal

01.12.2015

MOSCOW, DECEMBER 1, 2015. PIR PRESS — “The OSCE has grown. It remains the only forum for an inclusive dialogue about the current state and the future of our common security order at the moment. But this is not only because there were no alternatives. It is also because the OSCE has distinct characteristics and abilities, which recommend the organization for this role” — Antje Leendertse, Ambassador, Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship.

On December 3-4 2015, the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council will take place in Belgrade, Serbia. Russian delegation will be headed by the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to Russian Foreign Ministry, the key topic of the meeting will be joining efforts in the fight against terrorism. The ministers will also talk about the European migrant crisis, settlement of the crisis in Ukraine and discuss the future of the European security.

Though formally Serbia will be in the chair of the OSCE until the end of the year, it is at the Ministerial Council meeting that the incoming Chairmanship of the Organization outlines priorities of the future work. Germany, which will head the OSCE in 2016, approached this issue seriously.

In the wake of the OSCE Ministerial Council the Security Index Journal presents a series of materials devoted to analysis of the current state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship, Ambassador Antje Leendertse provided the German view on future of the organization. The diplomat pointed at the OSCE as “the only forum for an inclusive dialogue about the current state and the future of our common security order at the moment. Antje Leendertse said, “this is not only because there were no alternatives. It is also because the OSCE has distinct characteristics and abilities, which recommend the organization for this role. Among them figure a long-standing culture of dialogue, the equal status of its participating states and the comprehensive security concept established in the Helsinki Final Act forty years ago”.

In an interview to the Security Index Journal Editor-in-Chief Olga Mostinskaya, Director of the Department for European Co-operation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Kelin described the possibilities for promotion of the Helsinki process, dialogue development, confidence and security building.

The high-ranking diplomatic official mentioned that Russia has great expectations of German chairmanship in 2016. “The German chairmanship comes at difficult times, they are taking on a tough mission. We count that our German colleagues will not only handle the Ukranian crisis and strive to improve relations but undertake the reform of the Organization. It is a matter of great importance” — Andrey Kelin concluded.

OSCE’s history, future and long-pending reform along with prospects for frozen conflicts settlement are reflected upon in the article by Gulshan Pashayeva, Deputy Director at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan. “As part of the discussion that can be considered part of the overall effort to reform the OSCE, we need to start by trying to reach understanding on such basic Helsinki principles as states’ territorial integrity and right of the peoples to decide their own destiny, since these legal issues are relevant for many of the European countries dealing with existing or potential ethnic separatism threat” — the expert highlights in her analysis.

The latest issue of the Security Index Journal is available on the PIR Center website (RUS).

For questions concerning the Security Index journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Olga Mostinskaya by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email at mostinskaya at pircenter.org.


 

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