Ukraine to chair OSCE in 2013

09:28, November 24, 2010      

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) announced Tuesday that Ukraine would hold the chairmanship of the Euro-Atlantic organization in 2013.

Foreign ministers from the OSCE members made the decision by the required consensus in a silent procedure, according to an OSCE statement.

Kanat Saudabayev, the current OSCE chairperson-in-office, congratulated Ukraine on its being awarded the 2013 chairmanship.

"We wish our Ukrainian partners and friends success in the implementation of this responsible mission and the proper continuation of efforts of previous Chairmanships to strengthen and develop the OSCE in light of new geopolitical realities," said Saudabayev, also Kazakhstan's foreign minister and secretary of state.

Based in Vienna, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization composed by 56 members from Europe, Central Asia and North America.

Kazakhstan holds the rotating presidency of the OSCE this year, and Lithuania will chair the organization in 2011. Ireland will hold the 2012 chairmanship.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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