New OSCE Chairman Headed to South Caucasus

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Azeri press reports that the new head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)–Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel–will visit the South Caucasus in mid-January.

Rupel–who officially took over the OSCE chairmanship from Bulgaria on January 1–will formally present the priorities of the new Chairmanship to the OSCE’s 55 participating States at its Permanent Council in Vienna on 13 January.

"The OSCE has always responded well to challenge and adversity," Rupel said at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Sofia in 2004 December. "Its ability to adapt has–over the years–become one of its greatest virtues and advantages."

"The responsibility to make it stronger and more visible in the global arena rests on us. Slovenia is resolute that the OSCE should have a strong role in sowing the seeds of security and co-operation throughout its area and beyond," he said.

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