New OSCE Chairman to Visit Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The new OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Finnish Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva, will visit Armenia in the first quarter of the new year, reported Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Vladimir Karapetian.
Kanerva replaced Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos on January 1. Spain chaired the OSCE in 2007.
Kanerva described the OSCE as a unique forum of dialogue between 56 participating States whose strength lies in the unanimity required for decision-making. According to Kanerva, the OSCE will continue the activity in the direction of prevention of conflicts, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. “Finland’s Chairmanship will focus, above all, on intensifying the Organization’s operation and on the observance of existing commitmen’s,” said Kanerva.
Finland’s Chairmanship will be characterized by many uncertainties, according to Minister Kanerva. The question of Kosovo, the so-called protracted or unresolved conflicts and the fate of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe will be prominent during the year.
The new Chairman-in-Office will outline the Chairmanship’s priorities in a speech Thursday in Vienna to the Permanent Council, the OSCE’s main regular decision-making body. Soon after, he will make his first visit to OSCE field operations, to Ukraine and Moldova.

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