OSCE Secretary General describes priorities of reforming organization

OSCE Secretary General describes priorities of reforming organization

Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 28 /Trend, A.Maratov/

The OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut described the need to strengthen the Organization's capacity to manage crises, early response and support post-crisis period - as the main priorities of reforming the OSCE.

"This is a huge direction, reflecting the problems that we experienced in the summer of 2008 in Georgia. Also, the existence of protracted conflicts remains a problem for the OSCE. We could not resolve them, and they have been remaining frozen for about 20 years. And over all these years, we have been trying to keep the lid on them not to let off steam," said Brichambaut at a briefing in Astana on Sunday.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Konstantin Zhigalov said that much attention was also paid to this issue earlier.

"Many people tend to think about the need to strengthen the legal capacity of OSCE Secretary General and the proposal was welcomed by the majority of countries, " Zhigalov said.

Answering journalist's question whether he would support the candidacy of the Turkish representative in the next election, de Brichambaut said that it will be an open process to fill the vacancy, as always happens. "Nominations will be presented by the ambassadors to the OSCE, and they will be methodically defined to ensure the interests of OSCE all member countries. The Turkish representative is my friend, he is a good man and his interest would be considered in the OSCE. But there are other candidates, so the election will be conducted in a spirit of open and friendly competition," he said.

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