OAS head calls for security cooperation with OSCE

08:55, October 29, 2010      

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The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) highlighted here on Thursday the importance of strengthening co-operation on security issues between the block and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) .

"Both the OSCE and the OAS address a wide range of security- related concerns, with the key aim to keep our populations safe," Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS, said while addressing a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, which is a main decision-making body of the organization.

At the meeting held at the headquarters of OSCE, Insulza touched upon a wide range of topics where the two organizations maintain a dialogue and share experiences, in particular combating terrorism, and conflict prevention, according to a OSCE press release.

Noting that he was the first OAS Secretary General to address the OSCE Permanent Council, Insulza said the fact reflected "we care about inter-regional collaboration".

"We must continue strengthening the ongoing co-operation and sharing best practices between our organizations in common challenges posed by terrorism, narco-traffic, and organized crime and trafficking of human beings, " he said.

Headquartered in Washington, OAS comprises 35 states of the Americas while the Vienna-based OSCE has 56 member countries. The United States of America and Canada participate in both the OSCE and the OAS, and many other OSCE participating States are Permanent Observers to OAS.

Source: Xinhua


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