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OSCE praises Cyprus' "highly respected" role
2007-01-25 10:12:33

Nicosia, Jan 25 – Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Mr. Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, described Cyprus as one of the OSCE founding members which played a highly respected role in the run-up to the Helsinki Final Act in 1975.

In an article published one day before his scheduled arrival in Nicosia, today, for an official visit, Mr. Brichambaut also said that Cyprus has been active at every juncture of the OSCE’s evolution - during the Cold War - within its wake and at the start of the 21st century.

“A sign of deep engagement is Cyprus’ work in political-military cooperation” he noted, adding that “as current Chair of the OSCE’s key Forum for Security Cooperation, Cyprus has set an ambitious agenda for leading the OSCE on the politico-military aspects of fostering security across 56 states”.

This agenda, he said, includes a focus on illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons by air as well as addressing the dangers emanating from surplus stockpiles of conventional munitions.

The OSCE SG also noted that having an organization like the OSCE, which is based on permanent debate and elaboration of a set of basic values in such a complex and fluid world is vital for building a Europe that is united and free.

“As always, Cyprus has a strong role to play”, he concluded.

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