OSCE chairperson calls for consensus on final document for Astana Summit

09:15, November 16, 2010      

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The Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged here on Monday the participating states to reach consensus on contents of a final document for the upcoming summit to be held in Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan.

Kanat Saudabayev, also Kazakhstan's foreign minister and secretary of state, delivered a speech while addressing the meeting of OSCE Permanent Council, two weeks ahead of the Astana Summit to be held on Dec. 1-2.

He highlighted the importance of agreement on a final document in Astana.

"We need to clearly identify threats and challenges in the OSCE 's area of responsibility, devise an effective plan of action for overcoming them and outline a strategic vision for the development of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian community of common and indivisible security and a way of improving the organization itself," Saudabayev said.

In discussing main points of the draft document, Saudabayev said the summit document should enhance the OSCE's activities in combating transnational threats and challenges, including those emanating from outside the OSCE region.

"The OSCE, under the terms of its mandate and together with other international actors, will be able to step up the necessary assistance to the stabilization in Afghanistan," he said.

Early this month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed his plan of attending the summit. NATO Secretray General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was also invited to attend the event.

Saudabayev mentioned the OSCE's efforts to resolve the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan and stressed that the organization was "ready to continue to provide thorough support to Kyrgyzstan so as to achieve sustainable stability and development."

The OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization composed of 56 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America. Kazakhstan chaired the rotating presidency of OSCE this year.

The last summit was held in Istanbul, Turkey in 1999.

Source: Xinhua


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