The Nagorno Karabakh and Ukraine crises, a priority for the OSCE in 2021

The Nagorno Karabakh and Ukraine crises, a priority for the OSCE in 2021

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Vienna, Jan 14 (EFE) .- Complaints of electoral fraud and police repression in Belarus, strengthening the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh and solving the conflict in eastern Ukraine are three priorities of the Swedish presidency of the OSCE in 2021 .

The Swedish Foreign Minister, Ann Linde, presented the priorities of her mandate at a telematic press conference, shortly after detailing her plans before the Permanent Council, where the representatives of the 57 member states of the Organization meet in Vienna. Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

“The threats to international peace and security, as well as the suffering caused by conflict, are simply unacceptable,” said the head of Swedish diplomacy.

“We must keep the resolution of conflicts in our region high on our agenda,” he added.

Sweden assumes the presidency after a year marked by covid-19, which according to the body’s secretary general, the German Helga Schmid, also “affects our common security.”

Schmid, who took office in early December after months of internal lockdown that prevented the renewal of several key positions, has assured that he will fight to make the work of the OSCE better known.

“It is impressive how much the organization does to prevent conflicts and strengthen security with such a small budget,” said the German.

Made up of 57 states on both sides of the Atlantic, from Canada to Russia, the OSCE is the only regional security body where Western countries and Russia sit at the same table.

The body makes its decisions unanimously, which on numerous occasions generates blockages due to the different views of the participating states.

Last year, countries such as Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, whose electoral processes and freedom of the press were criticized by representatives of the OSCE, prevented the renewal of key positions for months.

The organization is known for its electoral observation missions and runs ceasefire monitoring missions, as in the case of the conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatist forces and the Government of Ukraine.

(c) EFE Agency


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